• Burg Eltz in the Mosel Valley, Germany
  • Baden-Baden, Germany
  • Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland
  • Hiking in the Swiss Alps
  • Neuschwanstein, Germany
  • Munich Beer Hall
  • Salzburg, Austria
  • Hallstatt, Austria

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Best of Germany, Austria & Switzerland in 14 Days Tour

On this tour, mountains, Mozart, and mugs of beer all clink together to create a totally yodel‑y adventure. Starting in Trier, along Germany's scenic Mosel River, your Rick Steves guide will make this region's history and culture come alive in royal Munich, fairy-tale Neuschwanstein, Baroque Salzburg, stately Vienna, relaxing Baden-Baden, the cut-glass Alps of the Swiss Berner Oberland, and beautiful lakeside Hallstatt — with plenty of breathtaking scenery along the way. Join us for the Best of Germany, Austria & Switzerland in 14 Days!

What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24-28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art and culture of Germany, Austria and Switzerland come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 18 group sightseeing events • Trier walking tour • Beilstein visit • Burg Eltz Castle tour • Baden-Baden Casino tour • Black Forest Open-Air Museum • Trümmelbach Falls visit • Orientation for hiking in the Swiss Alps • Munich walking tour • Neuschwanstein Castle tour • Mountain luge ride (weather permitting) • Salzburg walking tour • Salzburg Cathedral • Boat ride on Lake Hallstatt • Mauthausen concentration camp tour • Vienna transportation pass • St. Stephen’s Cathedral • Vienna walking tour • Kunsthistorisches Museum...and more
  • All group transportation from Trier, Germany to Vienna, Austria
  • 13 nights accommodations in memorable, centrally-located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • Free stuff including two guidebooks (Rick Steves Germany and Rick Steves Vienna, Salzburg & Tirol), Switzerland Sightseeing Guide, German phrase book, moneybelt and earplugs
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to  2015
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer, or cancel/interrupt your tour
  • Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions Agreement for important details regarding everything listed above

Itinerary

Daily Activity Key

  • Light = 2-4 miles of mostly level walking throughout the day.
  • Moderate = 2-6 miles walking throughout the day with some hills and stairs.
  • Strenuous = 2-8 miles walking throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs and uneven terrain.

Day 1: Welcome to Germany

We'll meet at 4 p.m. at our hotel in Trier for a "Welcome to Germany" meeting. Then we'll take an evening walk through Deutschland's oldest city, and get acquainted over dinner together. Sleep in Trier (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2: Burg Eltz Castle and Trier

We'll begin our day with a walking tour of the historic Roman and medieval core of Trier, marveling at its Porta Nigra gate, the most impressive Roman fortification in Germany. Then we'll drive along the hill-hugging vineyards and villages of the Mosel Valley, stopping for lunch together in the über-quaint village of Beilstein. Nearby, we'll stretch our legs with a walk and tour of mighty Burg Eltz — Europe's oldest castle still in use as a residence. We'll return to Trier for a free evening to explore more of this pedestrian-friendly town. Bus: 4 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 3: Baden-Baden Beckons

Our destination today is the old resort town of Baden-Baden, famous for its mineral baths and games of chance. Upon arrival we'll tour the elaborate casino and take an orientation stroll through the town. You'll have the rest of your day and evening free to "do the spa" (with or without your swimsuit), wander along the shaded riverside promenade, or hike into the surrounding hills. Sleep in Baden-Baden (1 night). Bus: 4 hrs. Walking: light.

Day 4: Black Forest and Beyond

We'll start our day with a scenic drive to the Black Forest Open-Air Museum. Here we'll have a local guide walk us through the preserved farmhouses and mills, giving some free time to linger in the past and order up a bratwurst or light German snack. Then we'll drive up into Switzerland's snow-peaked Berner Oberland country. At the end of the deep Lauterbrunnen Valley, we'll take a thrilling gondola lift up to our hotel in cliff-top Mürren, where we'll enjoy amazing views, have dinner together and sleep (3 nights). Bus: 6 hrs. Walking: light.

Day 5: Hike in the Swiss Alps

The day is all yours. You may want to join your guide for an optional mountain walk...or ride the gondola lift up to the Schilthorn at 10,000 feet, loiter in the thin air, and find your way back to Mürren...or take a narrow-gauge railway up the other side of the valley to Kleine Scheidegg, near the majestic Eiger and Jungfrau peaks. No bus. Walking: light to strenuous (your choice).

Day 6: More of the Berner Oberland

This morning we'll witness the roaring, thundering, crashing, splashing display of nature's awesome power in Trümmelbach — a series of subterranean waterfalls that plunge hundreds of feet into darkness behind the valley's cliffs. You'll have the afternoon free to take a brisk mountain walk, or explore more of the Berner Oberland on your own before we regroup for dinner. Bus: ½ hr. Walking: moderate.

Day 7: Scenic Drive into Bavaria

Today's drive is a good time to catch up on your trip journal, listen to music, curl up with a good book, or just sit back and enjoy views of pristine mountains and sparkling lakes. We'll stop for lunch on our way to the heart of Bavaria — home of fairytale castles, well-worn lederhosen, sing-along beer gardens and oompah-hospitality. Tonight we'll enjoy dinner together and sleep in Munich (2 nights). Bus: 7 hrs. Walking: light.

Day 8: All Day to Explore Munich

We'll spend our morning getting a behind-the-scenes look at Munich with a walking tour through its historic Old Town and learn about the "checkered" history and traditions of Bavaria. The rest of the day is yours to stroll around Germany's most livable city, soak up some culture at its world-class museums, or rent a bike to pedal the car-free paths of the English Garden and Isar River. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 9: Neuschwanstein and the Luge

This morning we'll drive through farming country, then take an uphill hike to tour the fairytale fantasy of "Mad" King Ludwig: Neuschwanstein Castle. We'll hike back down to share a picnic lunch together. Our bus isn't our only ride today — let's barrel down a luge course (weather permitting). Later this afternoon we'll arrive in Salzburg and settle into our quaint hotel. We'll end our day with an orientation walk through the historic center, and share a "Welcome to Austria" dinner together. Sleep in Salzburg (2 nights). Bus: 4 hrs. Walking: strenuous.

Day 10: All Day to Soak-Up Salzburg

Salzburg is a perfect town for a walking tour, and that's how we'll spend our morning: strolling under the wrought-iron signs of the Getreidegasse, going Baroque at the Salzburg Cathedral, and exploring an ancient cemetery. The rest of your day is free for wandering through Salzburg's magnificent gardens, hiking up the fortress hill for a panoramic view, or pedaling a rented bike into the countryside, singing "do, re, mi." Your guide will give you a run-down of local concerts you could sneak away to this evening. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 11: Austria's Lovely Lake District

This morning we'll make our way to the postcard-pretty village of Hallstatt. It's far too cute for our bus, so upon arrival we'll enjoy a boat cruise (weather permitting) on the way to our inviting lakeside hotel. Spend a free afternoon communing with Mother Nature on foot or by boat — or hike up to one of the world's oldest salt mines before tonight's dinner together at our hotel. Sleep in Hallstatt (1 night). Boat: 1 hr. Bus: 2 hrs. Walking: light.

Day 12: Lessons of History

Today we'll drive toward Vienna, stopping en route to tour the thought-provoking Mauthausen concentration camp, where we'll learn about the Holocaust and lessons of 1933-1945. Then we'll follow the Danube Valley to the grand finale of our tour — Vienna — once the capital of Europe's wealthiest empire. We'll cap off our day with a neighborhood orientation walk, where your guide will discuss your best bets for dinner on your own and a nearby music performance. Sleep in Vienna (2 nights). Bus: 5 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 13: All Day in Classy Vienna

We'll begin our day in elegant Vienna with a visit to St. Stephen’s Cathedral and walking tour of the city's rich Habsburg heritage including a visit to the art-filled Kunsthistorisches Museum. Your afternoon is free to explore another world-class museum or two, or slow down to enjoy sipping a coffee in the city where Europe's café scene was born. Tonight we'll meet for our last dinner together, where we'll share travel memories and toast new friends. Prost! No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 14: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. It's a breeze to reach Vienna's airport by shuttle, bus or taxi. You'll have easy connections to home, or on to other points in Europe. Auf Wiedersehen!

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Activity Level

Our tours are physically active! It’s an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our Best of Germany, Austria & Switzerland in 14 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily...

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (several blocks possible) and up stairways to reach your hotel; then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Be on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  3. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  4. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.
  5. Adjust to constant Alpine weather changes that can interfere with sightseeing.
  6. Handle steep walks and long castle stair climbs at Burg Eltz, Neuschwanstein, Trümmelbach Falls and others.

Reviews

Capri

West Chester, PA

Tour: 08/16/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an amazing tour. I had a phenomenal time. I learned a lot of history and seeing the cultures was fantastic. There were so many amazing things that we did, together and seperatley - like I went paragliding in Mürren! It was simply incredible and I would go on the tour again in a heartbeat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was when I got to go paragliding through the Alps. It was an incredible experience and I simply cannot describe how amazing it was. I was so thankful for being able to have the opportunity to do it. I had lots of wow moments with the tour, but that was probably my favorite."

Michael

Thorntown, IN

Tour: 08/16/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our group was a mix of people of all ages,all parts of the US, many professions and jobs,and varied physical conditions but we all came to enjoy and love each other. Donald ,our guide always informed us of places of interest and good places to eat. The history in this part of the world is never ending and around every corner. Castles were everywhere, of all sizes and made think of how many man hour had to go into their construction with how many lives lost?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I felt like I had gone to heaven when we go to the top of the Schilthorn at 10,000 ft on a bright clear sunny day. You could see for ever, the air was clean, snow was covering a lot of the area but we walked out to the point and took panoramic pictures."

Connie

Thorntown, IN

Tour: 08/16/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My goal was two fold- to spend more time in Switzerland and to see the area in Germany where my ancestors were from. All of the rest was icing on the cake. It was a trip full of beauty contrasted with the brutality that was Nazi Germany.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This was our second trip to Switzerland but our first time to be able to go to the top of the Schilthorn and to see! On the second day the clouds parted and we hurried to the summit where we were treated to a glorious view! Switzerland in all of it's glory!"

Maribel

Norco, CA

Tour: 08/16/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I can only say that everything stated in your sales promotions are true. I am very happy with my experiences on this tour. Our guide Donald was efficient, warm-hearted and caring. He remembered details of personal requests or small worries. The tour pace, the interesting stops made even the longer days on bus very enjoyable. The hotels and meals together went beyond my expectations: I could sleep well nightly on comfortable beds and get a taste of national dishes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Perhaps the gondola ride up from Murren to Piz Gloria, perhaps the Trummelbach Falls, or the swans on the Danube (Donau). The cities and buildings were fascinating but nature suits me best. One event in Murren, listening to the alpine horns and Swiss music on deck of Jungfrau Hotel in that amazing setting: had to pinch myself to realize I was really there, and then I had to dance with others!"

Carl

West Chester, PA

Tour: 08/16/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, we had a wonderful experience. Last year we did the VFR- Italy tour and there were some notable differences. Donald did a wonderful job in keeping a very diverse group together. Well Done Donald! Our speciality guides were very good with one exception and that was our guide at the Mauthausen Work Camp. This was not the regular guide according to Donald. I am only going to say that if the other guides were like him I would never take another RS tour for the rest of my life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren & Hallstatt were exceptional. We wished we had more time in Hallstatt. Both my son and daughter loved Neuschwanstein and the luge along with the salt mines in Hallstatt. My wife para glided in Murren and she and my daughter both felt that was their WOW moment. Paula and Gerhard brought life to Trier and Vienna for me, and I fell in love with Sisi while in Vennia."

Susan

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 08/16/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My first tour with Rick Steves was quite enjoyable?? I enjoyed getting to know my fellow tour group during our walks , Rides on various transportation and at our group meals. Our tour guide, Donald, made this tour very interesting . I liked that the hotels were in great locations within each city And that they were smaller hotels providing excellent service to each of us. The city guides were quite knowledgable so that added to the tour experience .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our time spent in Murren, Switzerland was a highlight of this tour. The unique hotel that required not one, but two gondolas to reach Our hotel for three. Nights just added an element of "awe" for me and most of us on this tour! The town was delightful and the scenery breathtaking! It was so much fun hiking on the various trails among cows and all the beauty Of the alps! The hike to the cheese factory was an added delight,recommend it to future tourists!"

Alicia

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 08/16/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first guided tour, overall it exceeded expectations. I had to remind my self that this not a "relaxing" vacation but a sight seeing tour that is very active, doing alot, seeing alot and absorbing alot. Towards day 10 it got to be sensory overload and was hard to take much more information in. Super pleased and will absolutely take another one in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hearing the cowbells from the hotel bedroom window at night during our stay in Murren in the Swiss Alps. Goosebumps just thinking about it again. Need more cowbell."

Kristen

Plano, TX

Tour: 08/02/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour. I really enjoyed everything about it. Our tour guide Daniela was great - she was very enthusiastic and provided lots of insight and education which we wouldn't have gotten traveling alone. It was nice having the local guides introduce us to each city and then having time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were lots of nice places. Murren and Hallstatt were probably the prettiest and the most "wow" - this is even better than what it looks like in a picture."

Gary

Plano, TX

Tour: 08/02/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour! This was our first visit to the European continent and I would highly recommend to anyone that a Rick Steve's tour is a fantastic way to get introduced to European travel. While this tour was very well organized, our tour guide also constantly educated us as to how to be better travelers on our own in Europe. Everything on the tour ran like clockwork, and we got to see so many sites and learn so much about each of our stops because of how well planned everything was.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps were breathtaking to view and hike for two days (make sure to bring hiking shoes), but I enjoyed Trier the most because it was both the start of our tour and the oldest civilization we visited. However, the real "wow" factor for me was the tremendous education we received about each of the places we visited. While you expect a Rick Steves trip to be educational, the educational value of this trip far exceeded anything I could have imagined."

Dick

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 07/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' Tour and had never traveled with people I didn't know. The group was very pleasant to be with. The tour was well planned and very enjoyable. Our guide, Rolinka, was excellent. She was super at alternative plans if the original plan didn't work. Great time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren was a special place. Loved the scenery and being in the Swiss Alps."

Elliott

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 07/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing awsome guid and bus driver I would recommend it to everyone

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just realizing how much Rolinca does to run the tour"

Kelsy

Houston, TX

Tour: 07/26/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Since we enjoy going on magnificent vacations, but don't have a lot of spare time for planning we signed up for the Rick Steves bus tour. We weren't really sure if a bus tour would be our cup of tea. We envisioned the bus being full of slow senior citizens and annoying friendless people, but it wasn't and we loved the trip. Our tour guide was fabulous and it was beyond fantastic to have someone else worry about what was happenin

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in Murren was my favorite part of the trip."

Vicki

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 07/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first Rick Steves' Tour and it met all of my expectations. Bus was very comfortable, Yoshi was excellent driver and our tour guide, Rolinka educated us about the history of places we would visit. It was great to stay two nights at most of the places which was more relaxing. Guide could adjust itinerary if necessary. Itinerary is amazing. Buddy system works well and is efficient. 24 individuals easily became a friendly group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gondola lift to hotel with all of the luggage cliff top Murren sand the wonderful walks in the area and seeing the beautiful mountains the brief time that we saw them. Postcard beautiful!"

David

Johnstown, PA

Tour: 07/26/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Time spent in Mürren was excellent, I would've liked to be able to spend some time at the Eagle's Nest

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dinner with the two opera singers and the visit to the art museum."

Jonathon

Houston, TX

Tour: 07/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I are younger and were not sure what we were signing up for. However, to our surprise it was a great experience for us. I believe having an itinerary where you are not on the bus everyday truly makes it feel like you're experiencing Europe the way it should be. The bus was not overly crowded which certainly helped a lot was well through the longer days. A lot of the little touches certainly helped as well - having beverages on board, guide recommendations, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On our last day in the Swiss Alps, finally seeing them after the clouds gave way. It was breathtaking to see them in person as we spent two days with only small glimpses of the mountains hiding behind the clouds. We also really enjoyed the hiking in the Alps and the recommendation by the guide were fantastic."

Elise

Birmingham, AL

Tour: 07/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Educational and enriching experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My view from the hotel window in Murren Switzerland"

Nancy

Dublin, OH

Tour: 07/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an absolutely fantastic tour with a great itinerary that included so many wonderful sights and fun experiences. We learned so much about the history, the culture and the people of the countries we visited that we may never have learned if we had traveled on our own. The tour allowed us to simply enjoy everything without worrying about the logistics.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Swiss Alps and seeing the mountains, waterfalls, flowers, streams, cows and goats. It was beautiful! Also, Rolinka arranged for us to go to Lake Chiemsee which was incredible...I hope you add this change to future tours, because it was beautiful."

Christopher

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the trip! It was my first time to these countries. Rolinka was great, a lot of fun but also kept us all on track. We had a really good group too, which makes it more fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed Austria as a whole, but Salzberg in particular. The opera dinner Rolinka arranged was quite fun and different."

Susan

Provincetown, MA

Tour: 07/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I will write what I have told all of my friends who have asked. "This tour far exceeded my expectations!". I am a seasoned traveler and this experience was outstanding to say the very least. It offered a stimulating itinerary filled with history, excitement, laughter and beauty. There is no room for improvement.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I must share two of them: arriving at Murren, Switerland and seeing the Swiss Alps was the "it" moment for me. Secondly and this was not on the tour is when our serendipitous tour guide suggested we see Munich at night and we ended up at the Hofbrauaus for beers. It was truly a "Back Door" experience which I will never forget."

Brad

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 07/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were overall delighted with the tour. The hotels were great the organization and planning were spot on and went off with out a hitch. Our guide demonstrated outstanding flexibility with the group dynamics and weather challenges. We felt entertained and educated, and at the same time able to relax and enjoy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably our time in Murren. the natural beauty was breathtaking."

David

Orlando, FL

Tour: 07/19/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very much enjoyed the itinerary, accommodations, guide, and fellow team members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss Alps/Murren and Hallstatt lake community. Both were very beautiful. Would have traded one Murren day or Munich day for another day in Hallstatt."

Richard

Saugus, CA

Tour: 07/19/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall experience was wonderful. We had a great group of people to share time with and made many new friends. We enjoy the blend of scheduled events (tours) and free time. The locations we visited were exquisite. Hans, our tour guide, was absolutely fantastic! The food? Unbelievable!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick one, so I won't. The time in Murren, Switzerland was incredible. I can't say I have ever seen anything more beautiful. Certainly the Neuschwanstein Castle takes your breath away and Hallstatt was amazing. It was the countryside and nature areas that we enjoyed most."

Matthew

Longmont, CO

Tour: 07/19/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was everything we had expected. The accommodations and food were excellent. We enjoyed the format of the guide providing an orientation followed by a local guide providing a more detailed tour. The balance between free time guided tour time was great as it provided good information and the freedom for self exploration.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment on the tour occurred in Murren. We had arrived the previous evening with overcast skies and some rain. Our guide had told us the previous tour had been similar and had not seen the peaks of the Alps. The following morning my wife and I awoke early to find clear skies and beautiful views of the surrounding peaks. We got some great sunrise pictures that will help us remember that moment for a lifetime."

Cheryl

Longmont, CO

Tour: 07/19/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best vacation I've ever taken! The size of the tour was perfect. Hotel, food, our guide - all great. Wouldn't change a thing...although would be nice to figure out how to add another day in Hallstatt.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The 3 days in Murren. Due to all the rain and overcast skies, it was doubtful that we'd see the Alps at all. Having the clouds disappear in the early morning hours of our first day in Murren was breathtaking. Hans rallied the group to get going so we could make it up to Schilthorn before the clouds came back. Best part of the entire trip!!"

Marilyn

New Berlin, WI

Tour: 07/19/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We've been to Europe many times including these countries (Germ, Switz, Aust). This tour was by far the best. With only 25 people in the group, we all got to know one another. We had our own time, but also had fun dining and hanging with the group. Also-preferred the smaller, more quaint towns (such as Hallstatt, Austria), and the out of the way stops (Trummelbach Falls in Switz)vs larger cities such as Vienna.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Trummelbach Falls in Switzerland-the subterranean water falls. I'd never seen or heard anything like this! Talk about thundering waterfalls twisting, turning, churning inside and all the way down a mountain-a sight (and sound) to behold. Looking at the Alps from the Schilthorn was awesome and climbing around the Alps was "something" as well. Thanks to our tour guide (Hans) who kindly let us "tag" along on his time off to show us some great hiking trails. Very fun!"

John

Oreland, PA

Tour: 07/19/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As noted above, my tour experience was "Outstanding", and proved to be more than I expected ! Our Tour Guide, Hans, and the various city tour walk guides made the entire trip enjoyable and knowledge filled. All of the hotels were more than we anticipated. They were organized, clean, and many had new appliances or appointments which made the end of a busy day very enjoyable. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners were well planned and quite tasteful. (I have more to say - but no room).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sight-seeing at Murren and checking out all the GREAT views of the Alps. Plus, visiting Hallstatt. The view from our hotel was picture perfect. I wish I could have stayed at either of these places forever."

Mark

Western Springs, IL

Tour: 07/12/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our expectations were exceeded at every step of this trip. We were fortunate to have a smaller group (15) of delightful co-travellers. Trier was a wonderful surprise in many ways - most of all, its rich history. We got up our courage and did the full 17 step Fredricksbad program and loved it. The Berner Oberland was the most spectacular outdoor experience of our lives. Munich, Salzburg and Vienna were all so different - and great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were three for me. Murren astounded us at every moment, being in such a vast and breathtaking place. We wish we could have stayed in Halstatt longer - so special. My third and biggest wow moment was the combination of Salzburg and Vienna, as I have been steeped in music my entire life."

Erica

Saint Louis, MO

Tour: 07/12/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic! We really enjoyed ourselves, and Rick Steves took the stress out of planning and let us sit back and enjoy the trip. Donald, our experienced tour guide, was a lot of fun and full of information which greatly enhanced our experience. We loved joining up with a small group of veteran travelers, who were fun to get to know and certainly not overbearing. Most of our hotels were great, and the meals provided by "Uncle Rick" were authentic and delicious!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One word. Switzerland. Murren was breathtaking, and our favorite part of the trip. We were blown away by the beauty of staying in 5000 feet up the Swiss Alps. Having a room with a view was the icing on the cake. Or course, we couldn't have asked for better weather, as we had bright blue skies every day we were there. It was such a memorable part of our trip. Though the trip had so many highlights, Switzerland was our favorite part."

Merrill

Western Springs, IL

Tour: 07/12/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 2nd Rick Steves tour and it was just as enjoyable as the first (Paris and the Heart of France, 2013). The tour took us to fascinating places we never would have visited on our own (Hallstatt, Burg Eltz, Murren). With the travel logistics covered, we immersed ourselves in the cultural and visual expereiences of each locale. Our guide and driver were professional and personable which made travel a breeze.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two WOWs: 1-Hallstatt in the evening and early morning when the day trippers had vacated. The village was cozy, quiet and picturesque. So many unexpected vistas through narrow alleys and around blind corners. Unbelievable photo ops. 2-The Friedrichsbad in Baden-Baden was an unexpected WOW for me. I'm so thankful that I didn't allow my modesty to sway my decision to engage in the spa experience. It was so unique from a sensory perspective and the whole endeavour was quite liberating."

Roxanna

Clovis, CA

Tour: 07/12/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was well planned and well executed by our guide Donald. We had plenty of time to enjoy the areas we visited on our own as well as with the other folks as part of a guided tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland , Miren and walking the mountains. Beautiful beyond belief."

Penelope

Hockessin, DE

Tour: 07/12/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had not done a tour before, although we had planned and used Rick Steve's books to plan our own European travel. We didn't have time to plan on our own so we decided to book a tour. We were not disappointed! We loved our tour guide Donald, and the group size was small. ( 17 people) We had time on our own and group time. This was a nice balance. We do wish we had more time in a few of the places we visited, (Trier, Munich, Vienna) but overall a great tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was hiking the Swiss Alps. The weather was perfect, not a cloud in the sky, and we had a 360 panorama of beautiful Swiss mountain peaks. WOW! We had so many options for hiking and panoramic viewpoints."

Melissa

Homer Glen, IL

Tour: 07/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' tour so I did not know what to expect. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed it. It was better than I could have ever imagined. I would love to be able to do other trips (I just don't know where to go next). Since returning, I have told everyone that asks what a great experience it was. This has definitely given me memories that will last a lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paragliding in Hallstatt - we tried to go paragliding in Murren, but the weather kept us from going. When we got to Hallstatt, we saw people in the air, and with Andrea's help, we were able to find a company to take us. It is something that I will never forget. Also, we had no idea that it was even available in Murren until Andrea mentioned it. Without her, we never would have gotten the chance to go."

Patrick

Campbell, CA

Tour: 07/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Germany, Switzerland Austria tour was every bit a worthwhile, fun experience that moved at a quick pace, covered a lot of ground in a short time, left no one out or behind and was filled with interesting places, historic facts and a taste of local culture and food dishes. Not to mention a lot of tasty local beverages!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments but I would like to say a word or several about François, our always friendly, always quick with clever witticisms (either that or he's developed a repertoire of such to match any moment) driver; and he can thread that huge bus through the eye of a needle. Wow!"

Jan

Gunnison, UT

Tour: 07/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The evening concert in the Salzburg castle."

Denise

Port Charlotte, FL

Tour: 07/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour (and first trip to Europe). I was a little nervous about the new experience. Upon our arrival in Trier, we were greeted by Hans, and a little later that afternoon, we met the rest of the group. They were all absolutely wonderful! And, Aaron also! Every aspect of the trip was wonderful. Hans and Aaron are to be commended for their excellent abilities to keep us happy travelers! Would have liked to have more time in Halstadt.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Murren it was rainy the whole time. One morning, Hans offered a walk to Gimmelwald, and decided to go. It was so much fun. A when we returned, we took the lift up the mountain. We ended up seeing a hillside full of sheep and having a soggy, muddy hike back down. It was this time of our lives!"

Brian

Dupont, WA

Tour: 07/05/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great stops, great tour guide and assistant, great food, great group of people. Did not care for the beds in many of the hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren and Holstatt. Weather was bad in Murren, so the wow would have been much larger if we could have seen the mountain tops."

Suzanne

Folsom, CA

Tour: 07/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour! I loved where we went, our tour guide was awesome, and the other people on our tour were friendly and fun to be with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick one "wow" moment. I absolutely loved Hallstat. Maybe it was because I'd never heard of it before this tour, but it was like visiting a postcard. It was beautiful, picturesque, charming, and fun."

Ann

Long Beach, CA

Tour: 07/05/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good group, good guides, good itinerary. Bad weather (rain 11 days of 14) made Murren especially less than desired. Too much time on the bus was tiresome, but that comes from so much territory covered. We usually read Rick's books closely and travel by ourselves. The tour showed us way more than we would alone, but we prefer slow travel and more of our own "back door" discovery. We like the sense of competence that comes from using public transportation on our own wake up schedule.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Early morning solo yoga on the dock along Hallstatt's lake was a gem moment. The tour of Mauthausen concentration camp was soul wrenching and necessary to know the burdens of civilization and history, and the ever present need to preserve human dignity."

Joseph

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 06/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I must say I was happy with the accommodations. Also I did not purchase a single room but since there were no roommates available I had a room to myself i didn't expect it but you kept your promise. Thank you. The person who wrote the directions to the first hotel were spot on. My compliments because I can get lost or turned around easily. Congrats directions were spot on. I needed more alone time than I thought I would and I was allowed to have it so it was nice to be able to that

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Actually I researched a place before I went in Baden Baden and I was able to find it. It was a waterfall in the black forest and very spiritual place. Spending the day with great art in Munich and Vienna. The Black Forest museum I got a view of the Germans who shaped the early development of the US"

Jeff

Fort Wayne, IN

Tour: 06/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a "bucket list" family trip for us, something we'd dreamed about and planned for years. Thanks to the well laid out plans of our Rick Steve's tour and the insights from our wonderful guide Holgar, we visited places we'd never have discovered on our own and had experiences that created memories that will last a lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Honestly, this is a difficult question because there are so many to choose from. My personal "wow" moment was seeing Mürren, Switzerland for the first time. I feel very blessed to have had a chance to visit this village and hike around the alps with my wife and kids. Even better, we had a chance to drink the best hot chocolate ever at Walter's, a tiny pub that was actually closed when we arrived...until our guide knocked on the door and they welcomed us inside!"

Kathleen

Arvada, CO

Tour: 06/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very fun in any kind of weather! A great go-for-it spirit that made Europe beautiful, even in the rain. Creative reworking of activities to accommodate weather. A really fun guide (Holger) who got us into the World Cup experience, cheering for Germany in German as we walked the streets and in the local cafes, where we went to watch the tournament with the locals! Holger was really proactive in trying to find experiences to go with our interests, including our son's passion for organ music

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The alpine hike in Austria on a gorgeous day, complete with meadows full of wildflowers, cowbells and lunch at the top! Also, Salzburg at night!"

Dennis

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 06/28/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great group of people. Everyone was on time for departures. The small Bavarian towns were beautiful. The countryside was magnificient. Holger was very good at drawing people in for comments along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching the Germans beat Brazil in a tavern at Lake Hallstatt."

Bryan

Arvada, CO

Tour: 06/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very neat - didn't feel like a tourist. It was nice to have a guide that looked out for organ/music opportunities for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The old music collection of the Vienna palace."

Leanne

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 06/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I had a blast. Great tour with a good variety of big city and outdoor activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Swiss Alps."

Don

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 06/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My second tour with Rick Steves. Every bit as enjoyable as last year's Best of Italy Tour. Loved it! Greatly appreciate the excellent job Holger and Rick did managing our tour for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the Swiss Alps. I also thoroughly enjoyed every city we visited -and I do mean every single one. What a blast!"

Jennifer

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 06/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time touring around Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. I especially loved Baden-Baden, Munich, and Halstatt. I always felt like I had so many options of things to do. There was always something I felt up to doing and could always find someone in the group to do them with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going up to the 007 base (I don't remember the name of the place) and seeing all of the beautiful mountains and lakes around was beyond what I could have ever imagined. Everything around that area in Lauterbrunnen, Gimmelwald, and Murren were so gorgeous! The view from the top of the vernacular in Baden-Baden was also amazing! You could see the Black Forest pretty well and there were also para-gliders taking off every once in awhile and it was very enchanting to watch."

Linda

Santa Barbara, CA

Tour: 06/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our 3rd RSTour and they all have been exceptional. This tour enjoyed the combination of excellent tour guides, friendly bus driver, like-minded travelers, and a varied itinerary that also allowed enough time for personal adventures, created a recipe for an outstanding travel experience. We were especially lucky in having excellent weather. (It was even clear the morning we went to Piz Gloria.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to count! Enjoying the baths and walking in Baden Baden. A gloriously balmy day atop Piz Gloria in the Alps. A mountain hike amongst the cows with their clanging cow bells and finding a zip line along the way. An exhilarating luge ride down an Austrian mountain. A serene boat ride before disembarking in Hallstatt. A Mozart dinner concert in the fortress above Salzburg. The disturbing but educational tour of the Mauthausen Concentration Camp. The BMW museum outside Munich. Etc. Etc. Etc."

Cheryl

Auburn, WA

Tour: 06/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time. The tour director was very good and there was a good mix of group activity and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That is easy. The view from Schilthorn. Of course, the luge ride was a bit of a wow moment, too. And Hallstat."

Stanley

Clyde Hill, WA

Tour: 06/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is the second rick Steve's guided tour I have been on. My family & I had a great time.. Nicole is an excellent tour guide! She is knowledgeable and well organized. Her assistant Laurel was also on my last years tour to Scandinavia & is very pleasant to be around. Since I was the oldest participant in the group, she was kind enough to keep an eye on me as I no longer walk quite as fast as I used to.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several wow moments. Although I had been to all three countries in past years with my wife and have traveled extensively in the past, most of the points of interest were different area's in the countries that we visited. Murren has the most spectacular mountains I have ever seen! Since I have been an avid skier for 63 years & have skied most of the major Mt resorts in the NW and several Mts in Europe I was. Delighted to go up in the tram to see this tremendous vista!"

Mike

Calgary, AB

Tour: 06/24/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent group of fellow travels. Great cities and sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tie between Murren and Hallstat, both very relaxing."

David

Loxahatchee, FL

Tour: 06/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time, met great people, had a very informative guide, and are looking forward to experiencing a Rick Steve's tour again in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many it's hard to pinpoint a "wow" moment, but if I had to pick, I guess it would be Murren - the views were spectacular and Halstadt - a beautiful and charming little town. We actually preferred the smaller towns over the larger cities. If there was anything that could have been done differently, it would have been to spend one less day in Murren and one more day in Halstadt - that would have been 2 days each in these towns."

Judi

Madison, WI

Tour: 06/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an amazing trip- Tara was an exceptional guide; going above and beyond her duties to make our trip memorable. I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF THIS TOUR- even when it rained!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tara took a small group of us on a mountain hike for a special Picnic site- after trudging for about 45 minutes up a small cow trail we turned a corner to discover the most beautiful grassy area on the edge of the Alps- so many beautiful mountain peaks- I was speechless and that is really rare!"

Debra

Suisun, CA

Tour: 06/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience. Tara was very knowledgeable, friendly, and really knew how to take care of us. Tour members were lively and enthusiastic. Highly recommend Rick Steve's tours to others. Like the opportunity to share experiences with other tour members and having our own time to explore and engage in activities on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our optional hike in the Alps - As we walked through the Alps, you could feel the sense of awe of the beauty and peaceful life style of the Swiss people. I think we all felt inspired and really began to bond as a group in the fresh mountain air."

Alan

Suisun, CA

Tour: 06/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic and the other people in our group helped make it one of my most memorable trips to date. Our tour guide, Tara was exceptional and very knowledgeable of the area. Reading Rick's books ahead of time along with Tara's history presentations brought many facts together that I will remember more than if I was taking a history class in college! My wife and I are looking forward to taking other tours from your company! Our bus driver was exceptional and the bus comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving into Switzerland and seeing the majestic Alps was more impressive and staying in Murren was the highlight of the tour! Although Hallstatt was just as impressive especially the boat ride around the lake enroute to our hotel."

Marisa

Fallbrook, CA

Tour: 06/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was not our first trip to Germany, Austria or Switzerland, but we felt that we were seeing them through new eyes, given the active itinerary and outreach of our guide, Tara. The unexpected delights came from visiting the backdoor places that make a Rick Steves tour sparkle. Each day was better than the last - and each day was terrific!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to choose from: in Munich - the brewmeister ceremony, in Murren - the hike up into the greenest of hills before a family run down the Alps to a cheese making tour (on our own but which should be considered for future tours), in Salzburg - the Mozart concert in Mirabell Palace, in Trummelbach - interior waterfalls of such natural beauty and splendor, and then there was the Baden Baden baths. Still saying .....ahhhhhhhhh!"

Webber

Fayetteville, GA

Tour: 06/17/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A lot of surprises. From Baden Baden to Murren. The views in the Alps to the water falls forming crystal clear streams and the thoughtful walks ways, as long as you avoid the cyclists zipping by.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren was eye candy for the outdoors lover."

Liz

Fernandina Beach, FL

Tour: 06/17/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had a wonderful time on our first Rick Steve's Tour! Everything met and/or exceeded my expectations. The tour had a nice balance of city and rural destinations as well as group and individual activities. The hotels were all very convenient to tourist sites, clean, helpful staff and delicious food. A great value for the money! Hans, our tour guide, had extensive experience and was so helpful in orienting us to each city and making sure our needs were met.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was waking up one night in Murren, Switzerland with light pouring through our open window. When I got up to see where all the light was coming from I was awe struck by the lights of a million stars and a gorgeous crescent moon in a deep indigo sky suspended over snow capped peaks! No cathedral or palace could rival the beauty of that view!"

Vivian

Des Plaines, IL

Tour: 06/17/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour visited lots of different places and had a variety of different experiences - hiking and luging in the mountains, sightseeing in the cities and learning about history in the smaller places. Perhaps it covered too much. We ended up traveling to Berlin and taking a boat trip down part of the Danube and regretted that we didn't see Rothenburg. Not as many "a-ha" moments as on other Rick Steves trips. Missed the picnics!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the open air farm in Germany. The guide was wonderful and I learned many interesting things - how to make linen, the work days of farm men and women, how wheat is milled, etc. It was a unique place."

James

Kingwood, TX

Tour: 06/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour of Germany, Switzerland and Austria and our guide, Hans, could not have done a better job. He anticipated our every need and confirmed each appointment and meal so there were no surprises.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It has to be the beauty of Murren, Switzerland. I was there on the three week "Best of Europe Tour" about 20 years ago and it was great seeing how much the town had grown and enjoying the scenery."

Karen

Kingwood, TX

Tour: 06/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was perfectly wonderful. Every need was met. Great new friends. Amazing sights. Great transportation. Great accomodation. Great food. Great guide- Hans. Great bus driver. I'd do it again in a second.... as soon as I recover :)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren was absolutely beautiful. The mountains.Amazing. Each town was beautiful. Then we got to Halstatt. I was speachless. Somewhere along the trip I said I needed a thesaurs because I needed more words for Beautiful!"

Stephen

Concord, CA

Tour: 06/14/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our SIXTH RS Tour, and it did cover some areas we have previously visited, but we really wanted to get to Munich and all of Austria, so off we went on the GAS tour ! ! ! Hotels were typical, and very good, especially location, location, location. And, we love the to meet new "fellow travelers!" We received what we expected = QUALITY.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"THREE = Halstatt, Murren and enjoying Mozart compositions in his birthplace, Salzburg."

Mike

Whitehall, PA

Tour: 06/14/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very well planned and organized tour. The speed was just right for me. The split between guided tour and free time was well balanced. Our guide, Andrea, and our driver, Patrick, were outstanding in their professional skills and their friendliness. Compared against our other tour experience, we rate it as Very Good, only because we disagreed with certain routes and how we spend time in each locations. Murren, Hallstatt, and Vienna were the highlight. Baden-Baden did not fit well for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My best memorable time and space was Murren and the Swiss Alps, followed by Hallstatt. Best cultural experience was in Vienna. Best local experiences were when we were in Munich. The single most impressed site was the visit of Mauthausen Concentration Camp."

Lynne

North Vancouver, BC

Tour: 06/14/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

our 3rd RS tour and we expected it to equal the high level of the first two and it did. I had been to Germany and Switzerland before but Austria was new territory. Quite frankly, my travelling heart has always been in Italy and France and the GAS tour didn't raise my heart rate at all but DH wanted to go so off we went and, of course we enjoyed it immensely. Certainly helped that we had great weather, a good and helpful driver and, most importantly, a wonderful guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well, the view of the Jungfrau from our window wasn't too shabby! But my wow moments were the mini concert in the Residenz in Salzburg and the Caravaggio in the Kunst museum in Vienna."

David

Binghamton, NY

Tour: 06/14/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing itinerary, excellent guides, warm friendly group, unforgettable experiences . Smart mix of guided sightseeing and free time to be on your own. Bus rides were well organized with stops and beautiful places to explore. Our first RS tour and will definitely do another. The only question is which one?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"If one must be chosen- it would be riding the gondola up to Murren, and hiking in the Swiss Alps. Many more qualify- spa experience in Baden-Baden, the beauty of Halstatt, castles in Bavaria, the Haufbrauhaus in Munich, Demel in Vienna..."

Carol

So San Francisco, CA

Tour: 06/14/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was what I expected. Andrea was knowledgable . The bus was comfortable. Hotels were fine, except the hotel in Hallstatt. We had the top corner room and hit our head several times on the beam. There was this beautiful view and we had one window 3X3 on the side. The group dinner was awful and the waiters surely, front desk staff could boat accommodate a request.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoyed the views from the top of Schilthorn in Murren Switzerland."

David

Hilton Head, SC

Tour: 06/14/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

What a whirlwind tour, 13 nights in 7 hotels, with lunch/site stops in-between. First of all we had an Outstanding tour director (Andrea) and Heidebloom driver (Patrick). Starting in Trier gave us the opportunity to arrive early into Frankfurt airport and spend two nights on the Rhine before traveling by train to Trier. Imho the Rhine should be the start point on this tour, then Trier. The tour itself was Outstanding cept a couple of minor hotel dinks below. All local Guides were Uber.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moments have two: 1) After arriving in Murren during a rainstorm the next morning opening our room curtains to reveal the glorious Jungfrau peak bathing in full sunlight as viewed from our little balcony on the third floor, an audible WOW came from within; and 2) Our balcony view from Haldtstatt (sic) over the lake for sunset complete with local wine and cheese, then again sunrise next morning with kaffe, truly a special place."

Tina

Binghamton, NY

Tour: 06/14/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I absolutely loved this tour. Andrea is the perfect guide. She has a wealth of knowledge about the countries we visited. She is enthusiastic ,engaging and has a quick wit.She taught us about the economy ,politics ,culture and gave us language lessons to help pass the time on the bus. She also bought many treats for our group to share on the bus ride. Each country had its own charm and I loved each one for different reasons . The trip was a good mix of countryside and city visits.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moments would have to include riding bikes through the English Garden in Munich,listening to a band while drinking beer at the Victualmarket, sitting on balcony in Halstatt and walking the North Face trail in Murren. We also loved visiting cafés in Vienna for kafe and kuchen. Another highlight was visiting the Caracalla spas in Baden Baden and finding the courage to check out the nude spa upstairs. Really it was a ton of fun everyday."

Jim

San Jose, CA

Tour: 06/14/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip is great balance of incredible natural beauty in Switzerland combined with great arts and culture at both small and large cities. We thoroughly enjoyed every portion of the trip. The guides were great at providing detailed interesting information on each location. Our only disappointment was that we'd have liked to have stayed an extra day both in Baden Baden and Halstadt. At one night on each of these locations, we didn't really have enough time to fully explore them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from the Schilthorn where it was clear enough to see all 3 peaks. And beautiful hikes on each side of the valley, one through fields of incredible wild flowers and the other higher up on snow covered paths."

Charlene

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 06/14/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved experiencing the textile free Roman Spa in Baden Baden. I would probably never do anything like that at home, but it was so fun, relaxing and such a unique process."

Michelle

Mt Vernon, IA

Tour: 06/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour group members all seemed to get along very well with one another. Our tour guide was very informative and always willing to help out when we had questions or wanted recommendations. The sites we saw on the tour were amazing. Many are indescribable. I would highly recommend his trip to anyone wanting an introduction to Germany, Switzerland, or Austria without having to do all he legwork.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was a group of six of us that went for a hike close to Murren, Switzerland. We hiked through cow pastures, open fields of wildflowers (where we made our own Sound of Music experience), across streams, waterfalls, and rocks. We also hiked in hail and rain. Although, at the time, it seemed less than pleasurable, looking back on it, it was my WOW moment. Thank you to our tour guide for her recommendation!"

Lucie

Roseville, CA

Tour: 06/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour and it was fun, well organized and provided a good mix of group and individual exploration. I think we were able to do much more than if we traveled alone because our guide provided insight to cultural differences and similarities. We never felt like we were unprepared for any of the fun experiences we had. Our guide Daniela was wonderful about providing a variety of experiences and was great at finding various activities should the weather turn bad.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were numerous WOW moments throughout the tour, each very different, but my most memorable would be in Murren Switzerland. I awoke before the sun rose, went out on my hotel balcony and watched the moon set over the Alps."

Mike

Owatonnna, MN

Tour: 06/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Tour was everything we thought it would be. Tour well organized. Daniela, our Tour Guide, was very knowledgeable, personable, and enjoyed being with the tour group. Andre the driver was excellent. Very professional. He made the trip experience very enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. Arriving at Murren and staying at the Jungfrau Hotel was great. The views from our room were breath taking. One afternoon we watch a local wedding. All the quest were in there local costumes. Watching the Bride And Groom being lead by a processing of men ringing Huge cowbells. The Views from the Shilthorn and Murren itself were wonderful. The historical significance of all the Cities we visited, Trier, Baden Baden, Munich, and etc. All were at one time Roman Outposts."

Richard

Reston, VA

Tour: 06/10/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall very good experience, and what we expected (this was our third Rick Steves tour).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was pretty incredible to open our hotel windows in Murren and see the Jungfrau across the valley. The air was cool and refreshing, especially after the heat in Trier and Baden-Baden."

Mona

Pasadena, CA

Tour: 06/10/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first family trip (and Rick Steves tour) where we traveled to more than one country. So we felt it was a lot of movement. But we adapted. This was also our largest group (30) but it worked out well. Everyone was friendly and excited about the tour. There was the right amount of walking for each day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the castle in Neuschweinstein was a real treat. It was a spectacular castle nestled in the hills/mountains. The surrounding lake and villages were quite picturesque. My other favorite location was Hallstatt. It was like being in a storybook setting. The clouds were low and the lake was calm, the swans were swimming about. It was so peaceful."

Susan

Columbus, OH

Tour: 06/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The was my second Rick Steve's tour and I enjoyed the beautiful scenery, country history and culture, fabulous food, and superior local guides. I enjoyed the tour very much and am still pinching myself that I was able to view all of the sites that we saw.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Mozart dinner concert, Tremmelbach Falls in Switzerland, Elz and Neuschwanstein Castles, beautiful countryside and being in the right place at the right time when the Corpus Christi celebration was occurring. ."

Richard

Portland, ME

Tour: 06/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Steves tour and it lived up to expectations. The start of the tour provided us with a good physical workout. Lots of climbing, walking and the like. Trier provided us with historical perspective of the region. The Alps provided us with beautiful vistas and wonderful hiking. Enjoyed our trip through the Black Forest (and the cake!). Munich, Salzburg, and Vienna provided valuable cultural experiences-all great! Hallstatt was relaxing and beautiful (right out of a painting).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps were amazing (an easy wow moment). That said what keeps coming back to me are the wonderful experiences enjoyed in the Munich Beirgartens (Viktualienmarkt and English Gardens). We met such nice people there and the beer was wonderful - Prost!"

Paula

Burien, WA

Tour: 06/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was outstanding. Fabian was an amazing historical guide who made the history come alive. Because we knew 10 of the tour members I think it was even more fun for Dave and I. We got to know many of the other travelers and hope to keep in touch with everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking out of our window to see the sun shining on the alps."

Cathy

San Jose, CA

Tour: 06/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an awesome guide who was very knowledgeable and always had fun surprises. The sites and experiences included on the tour were all amazing, from the castles, to the mountains and lakes, to the music in Salzburg, to the food - Amazing! And our tour group was a lot of fun, nice people from all over the United States and we truly became a family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren and the surrounding snow capped mountains! WOW! Our alpine walk with Fabian in the Swiss Alps with the green hills, beautiful weather, cowbells, and snowcapped mountains surrounding us was definitely the best of the best!"

Dick

Rock Hill, SC

Tour: 06/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hike at Murren through the high meadows with a picnic."

Linda

Maple Valley, WA

Tour: 06/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was impressed with all aspects of the tour. I was impressed with the organization of everyday and how this organization led to each day being as good or better than advertised. The tour guide, Fabian, was the reason our tour was better than I expected. Although this is the first tour I have taken, and I really didn't know what to expect from the guide, Fabian set a high mark. His knowledge, friendliness, concern and guidance in foreign places surpassed my expectations,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Murren and the trip up the mountain to Mt. Schilthorn- our weather was clear! What a bonus! I also loved the trip to Hallstadt and the boat ride on the lake among the swans."

Alexander

Fort Worth, TX

Tour: 06/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabian and Nicole were fantastic. They are both knowledgeable, fun to be around, and are take great pride in their work and enjoy what they do. Throughout the tour, Fabian always swooped in at just the right time with little surprises that really added to the trip. Also, his cultural and historical insight were invaluable in helping us get the most out of the experience. I'd definitely do another tour with Fabian.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had perfect weather in Muren Switzerland, and on one of our free days Fabian took the time to lead a group of us up to the Schilthorn then take us on a hike all afternoon. It was fantastic. He spent the entire day with us on his day off. I couldn't believe how much fun Fabian was having on a 2 week trip with a bunch of fat and ignorant Americans. He was having as much fun as the rest of us, and that helped me enjoy my time much more."

Terri

Portland, ME

Tour: 06/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third RS tour, and we just loved it. It was different from the other two (Best of Italy and Paris and Northern France) in that it wasn't as church and museum centered. Our guide, Fabian, is a PhD in history, so the history talks were amazing and informative. I was especially wary of these countries because of the Nazi history. I was so appreciative of the candor with which all our guides handled this. Scenery was amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The experience of being in Murren in the Swiss Alps simply can't be beat. Every time you turn around you are in a post card, and have to pinch yourself that it is real. We took the cable car to the Shinhorn (sp). We were on top of the world! I also found the concentration camp visit incredibly moving. Being of Jewish descent, I was very effected by that."

Mark

San Jose, CA

Tour: 06/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 5th Rick Steves tour and by far the best. Fabian was an excellent tour guide and our group bonded very well. The Germany, Austria and Switzerland tour is a picture postcard every step of the way. This tour is very well thought out and is a must. This tour did not dissapoint at all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wow moments. The hike on the North Face in Murren, The unbelievable views in Hallstatt. The Salt Mine Tour in Hallstat, The view from the top of Schilthorn."

Andy

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 06/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have loved every Rick tour I have been on, but the GAS tour takes the prize for straight up awesome scenery. The serene Mosel, interesting castles, stunning Alps, beautiful lakeside Hallstatt, picturesque and vibrant cities such as Munich, Salzburg and Vienna...pretty hard to beat. Guides Fabian and Nica enriched the experience with plentiful historical and cultural insights, not to mention abundant good humor. Finally the other group members were warm, engaging and fun. I'll be back!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed a reflective moment on a hike in the Alps: peaceful, quiet and WOW, those are some mountains. In a much different sense of wow, the visit to the concentration camp at Mauthausen was sobering and moving."

Charles

Debary, FL

Tour: 06/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was inspiring, educational and wonderful. Meeting new travelers as well reuniting with old friends. We enjoy the Rick Steve's concept of planed activities as well as free time to explore on our own. On the tour we are able to experience things and place we could not do on our own answer do not have the worry about all the logistical things.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren was a highlight and could have stayed longer. Hallstatt was also great. We scheduled a dinner and Mozart concert In Salzburg"

Karen

Lubbock, TX

Tour: 06/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed our time in Europe. Every day was made special by Fabian, Nica, and Danny. I appreciate their high degree of professionalism in group management, logistics, teaching and entertainment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I cannot choose the wow moment .....I was a bit overwhelmed at Halstatt by its beauty.......the tenor in Salzburg who serenaded our bus.... The realities of Mauthausen, the history of Trier......."

Jane

Debary, FL

Tour: 06/07/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide (Fabian) was upbeat, very informative about the history of Germany and surrounding areas. He liked his job and was personal with all the people on the tour. The weather was perfect each day as our bus driver drove us safely and in a timely manner. Our historical tours in each town were very good. My favorite was the tour guide in Vienna.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying in Miriam and riding the cable car to the top of the Alps. It was an, usually, clear day. The hike that Fabian chose in the Alps."

Katie

Riverside, CA

Tour: 05/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved this tour! There was not a moment wasted - and I feel we experienced the very best this region has to offer. Each place we visited, each hotel and each restaurant, were carefully screened, our tour guide was excellent, and there was something for everyone - whether you were a history buff, an art lover, a foodie, a beer seeker, a hiker, or a music lover. It was only two weeks, but it was life changing. The people on the tour were wonderful - not a single problem or complaint.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was most impressed with Murren. The gondola ride up to the hotel, and the second gondola ride another 5000 feet to the top were amazing. The views of the Swiss Alps were breathtaking, and we were lucky enough to have some interesting fog and haze - that changed to stunning, clear views before we left. From the music performance at dinner, to the waterfalls and hiking - Murren was my favorite."

Garrett

San Jose, CA

Tour: 05/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Germany, Switzerland, and Austria and we all had a wonderful time. We visited Europe last year with another tour company and the Rick Steve's tour was much more enjoyable. Our tour guide Hans and driver Geoff were the best. Combining the excellent tour guide with the format of the Rick Steve's Tour, this will not be our last tour with Rick Steve's. The tour did an excellent job introducing us to each new city and then providing an opportunity to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland's Alps was the wow moment. We saw the Alps partially cloudy and then it cleared up. What a site!"

Peggy

Centerville, OH

Tour: 05/31/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I liked the tour very much. This tour was my third Rick Steves' tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really like Nymphenburg Palace"

Brent

Calgary, AB

Tour: 05/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded our HIGH expectations. The "coziness" of the tour really amazed us. Within 3 days we knew and felt comfortable with everyone on the tour and especially our guide. That was a benefit that we had not anticipated. Very well organized (with two exceptions, including one of pre-tour advice...see below)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moments were many, topped by the visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, a dream of Lorie's for 30 years. The 3 night experience in Switzerland was every bit as much as we had hoped for and more. The outstanding mountain view from the open window of our hotel room was to die for. It felt as though we could reach out and touch the snow covered "top of Europe"."

Timothy

Riverside, CA

Tour: 05/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was everything I expected it to be, and everything the pre-tour information literature said it would be. On time, extremely interesting, a great mixture of tour venues, and Hans, our guide, did a superb job throughout.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each location was a favorite in its own way because each was so different from the others. I could spend months or years picking which I like most only to change my mind later. A big surprise was how much we enjoyed our fellow guests. All were interesting and engaging."

Linda

Fleetwood, PA

Tour: 05/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were a bit hesitant to sign up for a tour since we usually like to travel at our own pace. However, this trip turned out to be one of our best travel experiences ever. It had just the right amount of physical activity, free time, and group time. We loved the diversity of the itinerary, which included rural areas, small towns, and large cities. It had just the right balance of natural, cultural, and historical sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say it was the gorgeous view of the Alps from our window at the Hotel Jungfrau in Murren."

Marvin

Fleetwood, PA

Tour: 05/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had been in Germany in the late sixties while in the US Army, but I didn't get the chance to travel much. I knew it was a beautiful country and always wanted to get back and see more. In addition to the tour, we added 4 days to see Wurzburg and Rothenburg. We loved the trip and we're ready to go back!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All the towns have so much history and some buildings date back to Roman times! It's still hard for me to comprehend a building lasting for 2000 years."

Greg

Castro Valley, CA

Tour: 05/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In one word, I'd say "unforgettable." In two words, "I heart." In three words, "ended too soon."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"it's really difficult to pick and choose. But if somebody is going to point a gun to my head, I'd say Murren. It was less crowded and nothing could beat the view of the mountains and the fresh alpine air."

Bruce

Edmonton, AB

Tour: 05/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A very well organized tour. Great tour guide, Tara. Great accommodations. Fantastic food and beer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A giant schnitzel in Vienna."

William

Jacksonville, FL

Tour: 05/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour. Enjoyed learning about the history of Germany, Austria and Switzerland from our tour guide and the local guides. Especially liked the smaller towns on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Picnic setup by our tour guide in Neuschwanstein and the view from our hotel balcony in Lake Hallstatt."

Marion

Russellville, AR

Tour: 05/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The 14 day tour of Germany, Switzerland, and Austria was wonderful. Our tour guide, Tara, was well informed and extremely helpful. Our bus driver, Andre, was loads of fun and a great addition to our tour. The bus was always clean and having one window for each person was so nice[INVALID]-allowing us to spread out and enjoy the view. The places we visited were all so well thought out.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hallstatt. The walk down the hill had loads of wild flowers, great views, and it ended with a fantastic double rainbow over the quaint little village of Hallstatt."

Barbara

Roseville, CA

Tour: 05/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our hotels were great, better quality than we had expected. Their locations in town were convenient to walking to most sites that we wished to visit. Our tour guide, Tara was excellent. She expended considerable efforts for my meals, due to my food allergy. She went above and beyond, to make the dinners a great social event for the group, and for me, in particular. Our driver was fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of the peaks of the Alps floating above the clouds as seen from Stilthorn; the crown of Charlemagne and the view Schonbrunn Palace from Gloriette. We went here on our own using the U-bahn, and following Tara's lesson."

Sandra

Jacksonville, FL

Tour: 05/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the trip. The locations were unique and varied. This was my second Rick Steve's tour and it was as good this time as it was last year.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Hallstatt the view from the balcony in our room was spectacular. I also liked the picnic lunch Tara provided on day while we were on the road. It was the best meal of the trip. We were able to try new foods and I loved it."

Andrea

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 05/24/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, very enjoyable experience. Friendly guide, driver, and fellow travelers. Interesting, well-paced itinerary overall, with a few exceptions (see below). Well-located hotels with great rooms and breakfasts, excellent meals at fine restaurants, wonderful local guides. Would definitely recommend this trip to others.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many, but especially loved Switzerland. Trummelbach falls was amazing and exhilarating. But the thing I enjoyed most was a leisurely walk from Murren to Gimmelwald. Beautiful and breath-taking scenery, wildflowers everywhere, pure mountain air, the sound of cowbells on the breeze. Stopped for hot chocolate with peppermint schnaps at the hostel in Gimmelwald before walking back. A lovely day and memory."

Marilyn

Fort Mill, SC

Tour: 05/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Perhaps the best part of the trip was the relaxing and inspiring time spent in the Swiss Alps! The entire group of tour travelers were interesting, engaged, and fun loving; all of which added to the superb traveling experience on this tour. I'd highly recommend this trip to anyone who hasn't visited the sites/locations. I'm looking forward to my next trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our time in Murren was special to me. The gondola rides to and from the mountain tops, the spectacular views, the pastoral valley hike, the hike from one village to the next, the lunch and cold beer on a deck overlooking the mountains, the fresh air, the quiet, and the peacefulness - all made up an experience I savored and will always remember."

Mario

Katy, TX

Tour: 05/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am very pleased with my first experience with Rick Steves. The organization, the itinerary, the pace, the tour guide and local guides, the meals,and the overall quality of the trip were very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have several wow moments including the visit to the Burg Eltz Castle, the Hikes in the Swiss Alps, Munich Old Town and Neuschwanstein Castle, Hallsatt, and Vienna."

Phyllis

Floral Park, NY

Tour: 05/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great. The tour was very organized and well planned. Our guides were exceptional in every city. Our guide Andrea was fun and very helpful with suggesting restaurants and things to do. The people we met on the trip were so much fun. We are all keeping in touch with e-mails. I would definitely take another Rick Steves tour again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many things that I enjoyed on this trip. It was my birthday on this trip and our tour guide was very thoughtful and remembered it. She had everyone sing and sign a card for me. I was very impressed with her thoughtfulness. Also, there was a special treat for us at each city. Hearing and experiencing the alpshorn was fun."

Beth

Denver, CO

Tour: 05/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First tour ever and first trip to Europe. What a great way to kick it off! I enjoyed every minute. Thanks for such a well organized tour experience. Our small group was fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many choices and hard to pick just one, but I would say the Alps. Murren was a fantastic home base. Really enjoyed the free time we had to take it all in and hiking in the Alps!"

Mike

Berthoud, CO

Tour: 05/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Such a wonderful trip. Loved all the countries and loved the people we shared it with. Everything was extremely well thought out and our accommodations were excellent. Especially loved having free time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say there were two. First, hiking in the alps and riding in the little trains that climbed all over the mountains made for lots of wow moments. Also, since both of us are musicians, we loved sitting in the fifth row for the Wiener Hofburg-Orchester."

Richard

Gaithersburg, MD

Tour: 05/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

- Wonderful tour from start to finish. - Very organized from before the tour until the tour was over. No surprises. - Excellent tour guide (Andrea). Great bus driver. - Good tour size (13 couples). - Great group of couples on the tour - all friendly and we became 1 cohesive group. Did a lot with the other tour members even on free time. - Rick Steves set the right expectations for the activity level, so had a very capable group. - Great restaurant and hotel choices, esp. Hallstatt.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"- Arriving in Murren - Walk from Trummelbach Falls to Lauterbrunnen"

Elizabeth

Katy, TX

Tour: 05/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

when I graduate from college I lived 1.5 months in Paris and one of my memories was the tourists coming to the Eiffel tower by the tons, buses filled with people stepping down for 30 minutes, taking pictures like crazy and packing back into the bus. I promised I would never travel in a tour... until my husband convinced me to take the Europe tour. What a fantastic experience. We are already considering taking a second tour with you guys.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I truly enjoyed every single activity and plan, but just the three days spent in Murren were unique... just by walking and breathing at the Alps"

Robert

Aurora, IL

Tour: 05/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Andrea, was phenomenal and made the trip very enjoyable. While we were very busy doing the "sightseeing thing", we never felt rushed or hurried and had plenty of free time to see what most interested us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Schilthorn."

Sandra

Aurora, IL

Tour: 05/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time with a wonderful group of people. The tour guide and the bus driver made everything look seamless even when road closures changed the plans. The tour guide Andrea was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren- absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. From the Schilthorn to the valley to the falls in the mountain."

Mary

Rochester, NY

Tour: 05/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved every bit - the history, the culture, the food, the people we travelled with - everything.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland's mountain peaks"

Jon

Omak, WA

Tour: 05/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guide (Fabian Rueger) made this trip for me. Fabian's historical insights were concise, easy to understand and downright entertaining! Fabian was always ready to answer any individual questions about hotels, the best restaurants to visit on our free time, as well as shopping opportunities. Fabian's handling of our bus driver's cycling accident kept the tour on track -- we didn't miss a beat. Fabian was quick to credit the Rick Steves corporate team for their help in obtaining a backup.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The best wow moment for me was the tour of the Mauthausen Concentration camp. Fabian explained how Hitler came to power, the role of the Brownshirts, the SS, and the Gestapo. I now have a much better understanding of that period in German history. As a result, I also have a much better opinion of the German people as a whole and a better understanding of how a small, dedicated, fanatical group like the Nazi's can take over a country."

Gabriele

Wauna, WA

Tour: 05/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabian and Holger were very well organized,very knowledgable about history. The tour members were all very nice and great fun to spend time with. It was our first Rick Steves tour and exceeded my expectations. I can definitely see another tour in my future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps. To open your hotel room window at Hotel Jungfrau and have the Eiger, Moench and Jungfrau peaks right in front of you! Wow. The staff at Hotel Jungrau was the best of all the hotels we stayed at."

Connie

Modesto, CA

Tour: 05/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a very positive tour experience Fabian and Holger were fun and extremely knowledgeable. The entire tour was well organized And balanced free time was just the right amount We look forward to another Rick Steve's tour soon!! We heard a couple in our group meet Rick In the airport at the end of the tour. Now that Is a wow moment!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were so fortunate to have great weather in Switzerland The views in the Alps were my wow moments And hiking."

Genie

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 05/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fun, informative, beautiful, yummy, comfortable, invigorating, awe-inspiring!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riding the gondola up to our hotel in Murren, Switzerland."

Patrick

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 05/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several. I thought Murren and Halstadt were exceptional."

Carrie

Gilbert, AZ

Tour: 05/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second Rick Steves' tour and I am happy to report that, again, it far exceeded my expectations. Fabian and Holger were outstanding, extremely knowledegable and, of course, entertaining. The tour was well organized and informative. The coach was clean and comfortable and the driver(s) were timely and helpful. The excursions were interesting and well planned. The food was good, most of the time. The breakfasts were outstanding. Thanks again for a great experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite moment was the fabulous view from atop the Schilthorn. Another "wow" moment was the tour of Mauthausen-Gusen Concentration Camp. What an eye-opener."

Dorothy

Brockport, NY

Tour: 05/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was wonderful. No stone was left unturned. The attention to every detail was unbelievable. The choice of sights to see and the tour guides in each city were so knowledgeable. Fabian was the most knowledgeable and fun tour guide. His knowledge of history was outstanding. Our tour assistant, Holger, was also very knowledgeable and made the bus rides so enjoyable. They both did a great job. Also not to be forgotten was our bus driver who was unflappable and extremely nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The surprise lunches in the alpine meadow and after the luge ride at the old church and, of course, all the chocolate on the bus."

Donald

Gilbert, AZ

Tour: 05/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabian was absolutely fabulous in his guide duties. With his PHD in history from Stanford he was able to add terrific insight into the details of the places we visited and add vibrant backgrounds of the historic people that were in charge at the time. It was a great lesson in history. He has excellent speaking abilities and a pleasant personality as well. All of the hotels were very pleasant and well decorated. The meals exceeded my expectations and the bus was very clean and in top shape.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour was very well laid out and there were many "wow" moments for me. Each city and place we visited was in itself a "wow". The Alps in Murren are certainly high on the list as was the open air museum in the Black Forest. The Neuschwanstein castle was impressive and the town of Hallstatt was absolutely beautiful. The exquisite detail of both the interior and exterior of several of the churches was beyond comprehension considering the tools available to the people back then."

Martha

Quakertown, PA

Tour: 05/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The GAS 14 day tour was fabulous! We had a bonus with 2 very knowledgable and courteous guides who led us on a variety of excursions providing insight and information at every turn. The local guides were excellent and the coach driver was a doll. When she got injured, the replacement filled in well. The group was delightful, the meals and treats yummy and the weather in the Alps was picture perfect! Loved it all!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving in Murren on the gondola and taking in the breathtaking view of the Swiss Alps!"

Richard

Quakertown, PA

Tour: 05/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

outstanding (We were very fortunate with the weather and that always helps) Fabian and Holger were marvelous guides particularly enjoyed Fabian's skill at teaching history with a nice objectivity and nuance. Our group hit it off well and we enjoyed mingling for the whole 14 days. We were seeing bucket list sights of course and that was great. But otherwise I felt quite at home in these countries and in independent activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"ride up the first tram to Murren with our luggage seeing the snow on the higher elevations and the steepness of the tram ride."

Daniel

Morgan Hill, CA

Tour: 05/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fourth Rick Steves' tour, and again it was an outstanding experience. The itinerary and quality of our guides made our travels memorable and very special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every moment spent in the Swiss Alps was "WOW"! Murren, the Schilthorn,& Lauterbrunnen Valley were off-the-charts amazing. There are not enough superlatives to describe the overall experience. Perfect weather for excursion to the Schilthorn. Picnic hike from Murren to Gimmelwald, with carpets of spring wildflowers and vistas of the Alps, made a surreal experience. Walk through Lauterbrunnen Valley left a lasting impression. Alphorn and accordion artists in Murren, made a sublime finish."

Patricia

Brockport, NY

Tour: 05/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe and the first time on a group tour. I was very impressed with the level of detail from the entire Rick Steves Tour group, from the pre-tour instructions to our final dinner together. There was a good ratio of group time and individual time to explore your own interests and there was a good mix of big city sites and quaint, small town excursions. I plan on taking another Rick Steves tour and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good value.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow"moment was our time in Murren. Being in this small Swiss town so close to the mountain peaks was breath-taking."

Robert

Wauna, WA

Tour: 05/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour met or exceeded all my expectations. The preparation and execution by all the staff was superb.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was a toss up between Mürren and Hallstadt - both were exceptional. The 7,000 year old salt mines and the 1st to 3rd century Roman bath ruins in Hallstadt were really neat. The view of the Alps in Mürren was out of sight and our weather was just great! Trier was fascinating due to its old old history."

John

Groveport, OH

Tour: 05/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I have taken several Rick Steve's Tours and this one as great as all of the others. Fabian was an outstanding tour guide. His grasp of the political history of the area was very educational.

Wendy

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 05/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Seamless travel! Excited to see what the day would bring, every morning! The combination of well-orchestrated group activities and free time to roam was so appreciated; the contrast between big cities and world class museums, and small communities with special features was wonderful. Visiting Mauthausen and then experiencing Vienna with all its gold and dark glory was a valuable part of the trip, as were all the music and history lessons. Great conversations with locals and fellow tourists.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After spending an additional 6 days in Vienna, we headed out from the Hotel Savoy to go to the airport; it was 6:30 a.m., and we ran across one of the maids and a caretaker from the hotel as we were about to enter the passage to the trains; we shook hands and wished each other well. It was the icing on the cake! Or was meeting the cellist on the plaza in Vienna, asking him if he'd play a waltz for the couple in our group who dreamed to waltz on the streets? He said yes & waltz they did!"

Betty

Newport, NC

Tour: 05/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was exceptionally educational; the primary reason for my selecting Rick Steve's again. I went to Italy six yeas ago, and was so impressed by the tour guide's knowledge that I chose to go with the same outfit for the Germany, Switzerland, Austria trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from the gondola riding up to the hotel in Murren, Switzerland."

Joanne

Bothell, WA

Tour: 05/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the tour, the weather was iffy but you have to be prepared for that. I loved the architecture and all the history of the area.Half my family comes from Bavaria so I was excited to see for myself. Overall I loved Hallstadt and Munich best, Hallstadt because of its sheer beauty and calm relaxing vibe and Munich for its young energy mixed with history. The food was really good at times I tasted my Grandmothers cooking,a little much meat for me normally,but when in Rome.....

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking solo around Munich and wandering into the cathedral to hear the full orchestra and choir practicing a Mozart piece,where it was meant to be played! It just blew my socks off,the sound was ethereal ........and this was practice? wow."

Keith

Fairfax, VA

Tour: 05/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the best tour I have taken. It had the perfect balance of being guided on a tour, and the perfect balance of free time so that we could guide ourselves and go at our own pace. I also learned a lot about myself, and the tour changed some thoughts I had on things, which are also great to get from a tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All 3 of our days in Switzerland was cloudy/snowy. On the morning we were leaving it was clear and sunny, our tour guide Daniela called an audible on our itinerary so we could go to the top of the Shilthorn. It was amazing and beautiful!"

Paz

Tustin, CA

Tour: 05/10/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Schilthorn and Trummelbach. Best apple strudel at the coffee shop below the Trummelbach ."

Domingo

Tustin, CA

Tour: 05/10/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Neuschwanstein castle and the two Luger rides."

Betty

Birmingham, AL

Tour: 05/10/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Our guide Daniela and Assistant Matt were wonderful! The entire tour group of folks were great, so fun! No grumpies! Murren was beautiful with all the snow. Salzburg lovely. The Mozart concert at the Fortress perfect. Hallstatt Austria...oh my ...maybe the most beautiful place I have ever seen. The least wow was Trier...not a great place to start a wonderful tour...a retirement/assisted living facility for a hotel?? A little worn out from all the tours but very well organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was going to the Schilthorn. It was a cloudy day and everyone said don't go but we did and it was awesome when the skies cleared. We enjoyed a lovely lunch and drinks. Toured the James Bond Museum...acted like 007!! Just a great time. We went again the next day with the group and it was clear so we enjoyed it twice! Don't miss this! Worth the money! Of course arriving in Murren to a snow storm was awesome too!!! Beautiful!!! Oh maybe the falls tour! So many wow moments!"

Brian

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 05/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour with any group, and we would enjoy doing more. It was a good blend of information, activity, and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That's hard. I have to list Hallstatt overnight and morning as one, and the information and just personal contact with Daniella and the other guides as the unexpected wow moments of the trip."

Michael

Buena Park, CA

Tour: 09/28/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great people, great weather, great locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking near Murren was amazing. Couldn't stop taking pictures."

Melanie

Pueblo West, CO

Tour: 09/28/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

i did not expect to like Germany. I went only because my husband wanted to go. Out of a total of seven Rick Steve tours that we've taken, your Germany, Austria, Switzerland turned out to be my favorite all time tour. Our tour guide was just phenomenal! I feel confident though that even had she not been one of the very best guides we'd ever had, the location would have sold itself. We saw so many beautiful places, tasted wonderful foods, absorbed amazing cultures. I highly recommend

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely our dinner at the opera!"

Roger

Bloomington, MN

Tour: 09/28/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 3rd Rick Steves' Tour. It was great. Personally, I reached the point of tour overload when we hit Vienna (last stop). In Vienna, I really enjoyed the local guide, city walking tour, and final group dinner, but I was too burned out to do much else with my free time. The tour covers a lot of ground, but I think my burnout has more to do with me than the tour itself.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren / Swiss Alps. You know what to expect from pictures and movies, but you must experience it in person to get the full impact. I awoke the first morning in Murren to the sound of cow bells in the distance. It's a fairy-tale place with snow-peaked mountains, brilliant green alpine meadows, sheer cliffs, picturesque valleys, waterfalls, and clanking cows. To me, our stay in Murren was worth the entire cost of the trip."

Matthew

Grand Marais, MI

Tour: 09/28/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the boat ride across the Lake in Hallstatt to the hotel. We had the best room in the whole hotel a view across the lake at sunset."

Elizabeth

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/28/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had never been on a tour and thought frankly that you were priced very high in relation to my arranging my own tour. My friend wanted to go on this tour to celebrate her 60th birthday. So I thought "ok". Was I wrong about your tour value. There is no way I could have coordinated such a tour on my own. When you add up all the activities, travel,guide, etc, you are a true value.Plus, I would have missed so much also out of pure lack of knowledge.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The3 days in the Swiss Alps.We had great weather.My wow moment came 1 sunny day hiking in the alpine meadows listening to the cow bells ring. As I looked up I could see the snow covered mts. around me and the alpine flowers below me. It was a serene time I will carry with me always."

Carol

Buena Park, CA

Tour: 09/28/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our GAS tour was the best experience. We had the best guide, driver and tour mates. We genuinely enjoyed everyone making it so hard to say goodbye. The tour was exactly as advertized and we were not disappointed by anything.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"ALthough it would be easy to say Murren or Hallstat, both amazing villiages, I think the wow moment for me was our last night in Vienna. The group was walking back to the hotel from our farewell dinner and the sky just opened up and everyone got soaked. Umbrellas and hats were shared but the most amazing part was when we all got back to the hotel, shook off, laughed and took pictures. That group camraderie was a very special and unexpected WOW."

Rand

Eugene, OR

Tour: 09/28/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Not being a tour kinda guy and having traveled through Europe on my own in the past, I was pleasantly pleased with the tour experience. I chose the Rick Steves tour because I was accompanying my autistic son's first adventure outside the States and it seemed to address his specific interests. On occasion, I was allowed the flexibility to break away from the group to address my son's special needs. This was totally accepted by staff and fellow tour members and greatly appreciated by me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"You know, actually the tour experience was the "wow" moment. This was my first tour and what can I say, it was an eye opening experience. I was hesitant at first because of the perceived structure and cost but what a great value it turned out to be. Excellent guide, informative city guides, transportation covered, comfy digs at night, front of the line experiences, tasty food but most importantly, great people to share the experience with."

Martha

Seabeck, WA

Tour: 09/28/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overwhelming transitions from old ruins to big city to raucousness of Oktoberfest to awesome beauty of the alps to intricate and on-time dispatch of trams and trains of Switzerland to Mozart performance in Salzburg to fun on the bus with Brunhilda guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"2 trams to get to Murren was a surprise and delight. Who knew we were going way "UP" and that some of our adventuresome group would try out gliding. My husband's life-long dream to get to the Eiger was satisfied!"

Susan

Lake Forest Park, WA

Tour: 09/28/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide did so many things to make this trip special & meaningful for all of us. She gave us history & music lessons along the way. She arranged a Mozart dinner concert in Salzburg that was truely magical. She arranged for the young soprano to sing "Happy Birthday" to someone in our group. This opera singer had a heavenly voice. It was a sublime moment for all of us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"See above."

Denise

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 09/28/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was fabulous. -Enjoyed the fact that w had a choice of meals, especially since I do not eat beef, pork or dairy products. -Plenty of time to go out on your own -Excellent guides for Munich, Salsburg and Vienna -Bus comfortable -Rooms very nice -Ben was our bus driver and was excellent -Would definately do another tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of Murren. the alps, the valley (reminded me of Yosimite, which is my favorite place in California) and the hiking was exhilerating."

Maria

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/28/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire trip was phenomenal. Mother nature made it sunny and gorgeous, and the group was fun and funny! It was my 2nd Rick Steves' tour, and I convinced my 2 friends to come with me. I definitely took credit for their enjoyment!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Between the castles and operas, the hikes and the cowbells, the mountains, the pastries, the chocolates, the icewine and the Octoberfest beer... it is hard to pick my "wow" moment. However, I definitely said Wow when I saw the Alps!!!"

Ronald

San Jose, CA

Tour: 09/28/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a really great time. We have already recommended the experience to a number of friends and family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views from the Schilthorn/Piz Gloria of the Eiger, Moench and Jungfrau"

Carol

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/24/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall experience was over and above everything I thought it would be. I am still going on with everyone I talk to about how wonderful this trip was. From the first moment we met our tour leader till the day we left to go home it was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to come up with a favorite "wow" moment as I have a few. Being in the Alps was definitely one of them. Had to pinch myself to think we were up at the Schilthorn. Also being at the Oktoberfest with people from all over the world, table from Italy, and Brazil and when the oompah band started playing John Denvers "Country Roads" and we all sang together!! And my final one was arriving in Hallstatt, what a perfect city."

Donna

Corona Del Mar, CA

Tour: 09/24/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was one of the best groups I've been with......my 6th tour. Love the small groups...... more room on the bus & able to fit in the restaurants. I also like that we had time to be on our own. Gerhard the city guide in Vienna was the BEST of all the city guides.....in the 6 tours I've been on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Beautiful Hallstatt by far.......I could sit and look at the view all day."

James

Cheboygan, MI

Tour: 09/24/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Trier - fascinating; Black Forest Musuem much better than expected; Murren/Swiss Alps - awesome and majestic; Neuschanstein - amazing; Munich at Oktoberfest REALLY helped me reconnect with my German ancestors; Salzburg - grand + we attended a great concert. Hallstatt - stunning. Lake + mountain = breathless; Vienna - grand and historic. Our guide - great. Guides = outstanding. Bus driver = great. Group = new friends. Other stops - excellent, keep them!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hike in the Swiss alps ties hike up to overlook the lake and village at Hallstatt"

Marian

Roseville, MN

Tour: 09/24/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour members, great guide friendly driver. We really enjoyed seeing places that we would never see on our own - Switzerland, Hallstatt, Black Forest, Romantic Road.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The mountains of Switzerland, and the view of them from our hotel window!!! (Hotel Jungfrau)."

Brandon

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 09/24/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exactly what I was looking for. A surprising variety of experiences and places toured. Our tour guide was superb at both managing the tour experience and in enriching our experience by providing insights into the context and history of the places we were visiting (having a PhD from Stanford in Western European history has its advantages). The group was very friendly and fun, and the weather was outstanding almost throughout.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to list, but the hiking in Murren in the Swiss Alps was breathtaking. Getting to see Oktoberfest in Munich was a completely different yet priceless experience as well."

Nancy

Willowbrook, IL

Tour: 09/24/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip could not have been better - we saw everything we want to see, plus many surprise stops. From the Roman history of Trier, to Oktoberfest in Munich, to the salt mines of Hallstadt, to the Hapsburg Treasury of Vienna, we were dazzled and inspired.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ascending into the Swiss Alps and pinching ourselves to realize that this isn't the photograph of the mountains, but the real thing! And then getting to open my eyes the next morning and see the Alps right out my hotel window."

Cynthia

Mill Valley, CA

Tour: 09/21/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful trip. Midway through I ran out of descriptive adjectives. Every place we visited was a new surprise. Each day was an adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Waking up to the sound of cow bells in Murren."

Sandra

Asheville, NC

Tour: 09/21/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Well organized, fast paced, nice group of people. Pat O'Connor is an excellent guide - helpful, knowledgeable, patient, and good sense of humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All day hike in in the Alps in Switzerland"

Ronald

Asheville, NC

Tour: 09/21/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren, Switzerland"

James

Flat Rock, NC

Tour: 09/21/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour so I don't have anything to compare it with, but Pat O'Connor seemed to me to go above and beyond every day trying to make it interesting and getting us out and exploring the areas we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland, period."

Gayle

Flat Rock, NC

Tour: 09/21/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was thrilled with every aspect of our tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything was wonderful, but, my "wow" was the little town of Haalstad. The town nestled among the mountains on the lake was breathtaking. A second wow was Murren Switzerland. I guess I was entrancec by the serenity and peace of both areas."

Patricia

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 09/21/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great. Our guide, Pat, made a great tour even greater. On several occasions he invited us to join him on a favorite hike. These activities were a pleasant surprised. We had a wonderful day with Pat when we went with him on a hike after visiting Trummelbach Falls.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hallstatt. Wonderful little community with gorgeous scenery. The boat ride was great."

Linda

Lewisville, TX

Tour: 09/21/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved every minute of our tour. We were totally taken care of. We had never been to Europe before and appreciated all the orientations we had to every city, explanations of the transit systems, restaurant suggestions and suggestions for things to do during our free time. Our guide went out of his way to make sure we had a great experience and even led some optional excursions during our free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of our guide's optional excursions in Switzerland. We had the most magical day! Hiking in the valley, Trummelbach Falls, taking the train from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen and then the cable car to Mannlichen. A wonderful lunch surrounded by the gorgeous mountains on the most beautiful clear day. We hiked from Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidigg and ended our day getting back to Murren via the trains and lifts. A very full AMAZING day. Thank you Pat!!!!"

Mary

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 09/21/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about our trip was fabulous. Coming from the desert, green hills, waterfalls and snow capped mountains are incredibly beautiful-especially in summer. We had an incredible group of people to travel with, fantastic local guides, great bus driver and a fantastic group leader. This trip is definitely at the top of my most favorite. The experiences were so varied with a uniqueness to each one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery was a constant wow for me. The most individual wow moment was probably the Kunsthistorisches Museum. To think that was done by one family was hard to imagine."

Matthew

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 09/21/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another Great Adventure. Meeting new people . . . immersed in new cultures . . . tasting good food and drink . . . standing in the shadows of history. A fun way to see the world, taking little steps at a time. Rick Steves has a great formula for what works, and he implements it consistently, time after time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in places that I first learned about from reading history books adds another dimension to my learning experience. As an example, its as close as I am going to get in this lifetime to feel, if even just for a wee bit, what it was like for a Roman Centurion so far away from home, standing on the edge of "civilization" and looking across the Donau Floss into the Lands of the Barbarians and wondering what lay ahead. Oh if the trees and rocks could come alive imagine the stories!"

Linda

Mill Valley, CA

Tour: 09/21/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There was a wide variety of locations and experiences. The accomodations were good. Tour guide excellent. Extra activities were added that were not listed on original itinerary that added to the trip. People were given lots of useful information (not too much) and great options for how to spend their time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All day Hike and tour through the alps from Murren to Kline Schidig, also the opportunity to see Octoberfest and ride a boat in Hallstatt"

Elsie

Wheaton, IL

Tour: 09/21/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I can't find any fault in our tour. It was a fabulous trip in every respect. I just couldn't wait for the next day's experience. This tour had it all-----history, scenery, hikes, great food, great tour guide and tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Alps at first glance and our view from our hotel in Murren,."

James

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 09/21/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Overall I enjoyed the tour. At times I felt the pace was a bit rushed. Having to set my alarm for 6am to provide enough time to shower, eat breakfast and not miss the bus. Bus dparting prior to 8 am. I thoroughly enjoyed the three nights in Murren. The stop in Halstatt was very nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"riding the tram from Stechelberg to Gimmelwald/Murren. seeing the Lauterbrunnen valley from that prespective is very nice. Getting into the beer garden at Oktoberfest, drinking good beer and eating very good roast chicken. Sharing that experience with a german family and their three children."

Timothy

Auburn, WA

Tour: 09/21/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was our 5th Rick Steves tour and it didn't disappoint. But, it was the only one where we had been to all three of the countries before so they weren't completely new to us. As always, our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the places we went and gave very clear instructions to people that allowed them to explore on their own during free time. The weather could have been better but that is something that can't be controlled by the tour operator.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking through the Swiss Alps in Murren was the trip highlight as far as I was concerned."

Jack

Wheaton, IL

Tour: 09/21/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great trip, with a great guide and local guides and super, fellow travelers. I liked every place we visited, especially the high Alps in Switzerland. We combined this trip with a pre-visit to Luxembourg and a post-trip stay in Berlin. It was a fast paced swing through many remarkable places but completely worthwhile.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting off the cog railroad in Kleine Scheidegg over a mile above the valley floor and going for a long hike in the snow covered Alps."

William

Calgary, AB

Tour: 09/21/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Joanne and I were very happy with the tour. Well run, hit all the high points that we would have wanted to hit and had some very unexpectedly pleasant surprises as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen and Murren. Most spectacular. Wonderful hikes and scenery, loved listening to the cattle on the hills in the early morning and watching the cows come home (apparently for the second time) in Lauterbrunnen."

Patrick

Thousand Oaks, CA

Tour: 09/17/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really loved all aspects of the tour, from our destinations, our guide and the local guides, our tour group, our coach driver, meals, and for the most part our lodging. Hans did a good job of coming up with surprises on parts of our tour. He also was outstanding in his explanations on using the undergrounds and trains.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren, Switzerland. The hotel that gave us a panoramic view of the Alps. Beautiful beyond words!"

Lynn

Thousand Oaks, CA

Tour: 09/17/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous time, with exceptional people. I was very skeptical of these tours, but the local guides, people and places soon aliviated my fears.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Murren- wow what a view from our room! And how could I have gone through life without experiencing Octoberfest!"

Barbara

Mt Horeb, WI

Tour: 09/17/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Perfect execution of the details of travel. Hans was a low keyed, but very competent guide. I enjoyed the time spent driving through the countryside. Our tour group was congenial and came together very quickly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Alps was fantastic! We had a clear, warm day. Our room balcony looked right out on the Mountains. A difficult moment was when my husband found ten men with our last name in the prisoner log at the concentration camp."

David

Corbett, OR

Tour: 09/17/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good (See Karen's report for the other 499 words)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several, some were on our own free time before or after the guided tours. Watching REAL PEOPLE work in historic ways sending a tarp full of hay down a 80 degree slope and having it stop by the barn, near Gimmelwald. The hall where Kennedy met Khrushchev at Schronnbrunn Palace. Hitler's work camp, Mauthausen. Fantastic guide there. Saw evidence of Polish ancestors on the cremation list. Got to run 10K in the streets of Hallstadt."

Karen

Corbett, OR

Tour: 09/17/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip, exceptional group of fellow travelers. Companions can make or break the experience, and this group of folks bonded early. We had so much fun together! Everyone was responsible to be where the group needed to be on time, sometimes early. No complainers, well, except for me (see comment under hotels).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Bernese Oberland. My Gma came from Frutigen in the 1880's, have always wanted to see where she was from. Loved the Open-Air museum; tour could skip Baden-Baden. Very fun that our guide had "surprises" for us: Black Forest cake, a boat cruise on the lake at Hallstatt, the flea circus in Munchen, a concert in Murren! Many, many wows. Lower-lever wow: having my undies stolen in Baden-Baden, my fault, left them in the Thermes dressing room. But I got home with my money-belt!"

Edwin

Auburn, WA

Tour: 09/17/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A very good group to tour with, made several new friends and the tour was a good blend of organized events and free time to do your own thing. Never started too early in the morning or spent too long traveling and there were soem great stops in the middle. Very good out of the way places to stop and to stay the represented the beauty and local flavor of the contry without spending all of your time in the big cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren, Murren Murren and Hallestad. The striking beauty of Murrren, poised on the cliff top and waking up looking out at the Alps was amazing. Hiking the Schilthorn and all through the area is definitely a place to go back to and spend more time. Salzburg was another wonderful place to visit, but Murren was the highlight."

Bruce

Federal Way, WA

Tour: 09/14/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

had a wonderful tour visiting many interesting locations with a bus load of great tour-mates. the experience exceeded my expectations.....except maybe octoberfest. could have spent just a bit more time in some of the smaller cities like hallstatt and lindeau. sometimes by doing a major excursion you were not able to adequately take in the town sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"first clear view of the swiss alps."

William

Union City, CA

Tour: 09/14/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was just an enjoyable experience all around. Andrea did a great job! A great combination of big cities and small towns.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking out my hotel room in Murren at the Eiger, Monk and Jung Frau mountains. That whole valley was just spectacular!!"

Diane

Moraga, CA

Tour: 09/14/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The trip was very enjoyable and included a variety of experiences - the Roman ruins in Trier, the luxurious casino and baths in Baden Baden, the gorgeous valley and mountains in Switzerland, the wild Octoberfest in Munich, the festivals and Mozart concerts in Salzburg, the quiet beauty of Hallstatt, the horrors of Mauthausen and the splendor of the Habsburg empire in Vienna.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We took a vote to decide if we wanted to take the gondolas to the top of Mt. Schilthorn since conditions at the top of the mountain were very cloudy. When we were on the platform at the top of the mountain, we had many wow moments when the clouds temporarily cleared and we had a gorgeous view of the Eiger, Monch and Jungrau peaks. It was actually more exciting than if it had been a clear day."

Cynthia

Columbus, OH

Tour: 09/14/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous! The entire tour experience was exceptional, from our incredible tour guide Andrea and her knowledge, the camaraderie of our tour group, to all of our stops from Trier to Vienna. We had the added bonuses of a clear view on top of the Schilzthorn, a trip to Bern and being in Munich for the opening day of Oktoberfest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is very difficult to pick just one "wow" moment when everyday had its own "wow" moment. How can you pick one moment when you have experienced the delights of the Spa in Baden-Baden, the three incredible days in and around Murren and seeing the tops of the mountains and watching the BASE jumpers, to the opening Oktoberfest ceremony in Munich, let alone scenic Halstatt, or Neuschwanstein, and no one can forget the luge ride!"

Ina

Abbotsford, BC

Tour: 09/14/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great, fun group to travel with. Tour guide was excellent. She was so knowledgable about the country, extremely energetic and fun and very calm and cool when plans went awry (we had to depart Munich during Oktoberfest parade with closed streets and lots of traffic). She more than made up for the inconvenience and lost time (boat ride, luge).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Eiger, Monch and Jungrau mountain peaks in the Alps when the clouds lifted and the sun shone. Absolutely breathtaking."

Constance

Maineville, OH

Tour: 09/14/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour, great guide & knowledgeable, passionate local guides. Enjoyed the mix of small towns & large cities. Black Forest Open Air Museum was enjoyable. Burg Eltz Castle & the view from the bridge are memorable. Boat ride to Hallstatt with beautiful scenery. Visit to Mauthausen Concentration Camp compelling. Roman baths interesting. A fun group of fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Time spent in Murren was remarkable. Hotel was in a beautiful setting with mountain views all around. Hiking local trails was enjoyable & stopping to sample locally made cheeses along the way was a bonus. The ride to the Schilthorn & time to take in 360 degree views was outstanding. Trummelbach falls was beautiful. Our group dinner was quite enjoyable with musical entertainment & a chicken dance to end the evening."

Jeffrey

Maineville, OH

Tour: 09/14/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my second rick steves trip, the first was Italy. As before the trip was very well organized and all activities and locations were great. There were a couple of days when we spent a lot of time on the bus, and wonder if some re-orgainzation of that would be possible. I thought Baden-Baden could have had a day added to the trip, as there are a lot of things to do there. Overall, as I expected, we are introduced to these areas to whet the appetite, which was very successful overall

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose, Murren and Baden Baden were delightful in scenery and classic Germany"

Catherine

Columbus, OH

Tour: 09/14/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall experience was wonderful. This was my 9th RS tour so I had an idea what to expect. We had a great group in our tour - everyone got along well and we all enjoyed each others company. The itinerary contains a great mix of city and countryside stops. And finally, our guide Andrea was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's always difficult to point to one "wow" moment in a tour. My favorite part of the tour was our stay in Murren, Switzerland. Waking up in the morning and looking out the window and seeing the Alps was very special. On our second day we took a chance and headed up to the Shilthorn. As the gondola ascended, the clouds slowly parted and we were among the mountain tops!! Definitely a wow moment."

Marcia

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/14/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We saw some of the most beautiful scenery, ate some of the best cakes, pastries, and chocolates in the world, heard some world class musical performances, traveled with a fun and adventurous tour group, and had an amazing tour guide to help us discover the best that Germany, Switzerland, and Austria had to offer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a lot of highlights that I was looking forward to seeing, like Berg Eltz Castle, Neuschwanstein, and Oktoberfest, but the most unexpected WOW was the spectacular view of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau at the Schilthorn. It was unbelievably breathtaking."

Michelle

Webster Groves, MO

Tour: 09/14/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We need an extra day in Baden- Baden. I would highly suggest everyone to experience the texile free baths. Quite any experience. Since the baths take almost 4 hours, we needed more time to enjoy the beautiful town.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments. The view from our rooms in Murren and in Hastadtt were two of my wow moments."

Jeane

Sonoma, CA

Tour: 09/14/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 8th trip and it won't be our last. We're huge fans, so no worries there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would have to be coming into Murren and seeing those peaks for myself, not just in pictures. Wow!"

Gordon

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/14/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an absolutley great time on this tour. We enjoyed our guide, the group, the food, the culture, and the sites. Everyday there was something new to experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps were amazing. Staying in Murren and hiking and going up to the Shilthorn was a great experience. Listening to a classical music performance in Salzburg and attending an opera in Vienna also were highlights!"

Diane

Huntington Beach, CA

Tour: 09/10/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had high expectations from my first Rick Steves Tour and the tour certainly lived up to my expectations. I enjoy traveling with the kind of people attracted to your tours. We had a great group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"very hard to pick just one but I will always remember when we all started singing "Do Re Me..." on the bus as we entered Salzburg. thanks to our guide for putting the Sound of Music soundtrack on over the bus speakers."

Jim

Galveston, TX

Tour: 09/10/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The weather was spotty but our tour was spot on! We had the typical Rick Steves' group to tour with (of great humor and engaged in the moment) and a most enjoyable and competent tour leader and bus driver. We moved from town to town seamlessly and enjoyed Spectacular scenery at every turn. As usual, this was our 8th tour with you, we had tons of fun with a great group of travelers and learned so very much of local customs and attitudes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Trümmelbach Falls really took me by surprise. The Lauterbrunnen Valley was spectacular enough with the numerous waterfalls and winged suited guys falling from the sky, but when we entered the falls within the mountain side, I was quite taken-a-back (and a little damp)."

Bonnie

Galveston, TX

Tour: 09/10/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The scenery, new places to visit( Murrrn, Munich, and especially Hallstatt), great group of people to travel ( everyone of them), outstanding guide and bus driver(can't get any better) make it a wonderful trip. Even when the weather wasn't the best, I would not give this tour up for any because of the group. Since traveling with RS tours several times we know what to expect and was not disappointed because it was one of the best group( that saids a lot because we have been with some great ones).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving into Switzerland's snow pecked mountains and then get to hike them the next day was outstanding.. The town of Murren and the view from the Schilthorn on a beautiful day was a real "wow". Traveling with RS tour we had seen the Alps from France and Italy side but again it is as beautiful as it can be. And the Hallstatt lake area was one of my favorite. AND LET'S NOT FORGET THE GROUP. WOW"

John

Long Beach, CA

Tour: 09/10/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall experience was excellent. This was my first trip to these countries and my first trip with the Rick Steves company. The countries were more beautiful than I expected, especially the small towns along the Mosel river and the incredibly green hillsides. I had a high expectation because we had heard that the Guides were very knowledgeable and Daniela was as advertised and more. I was impressed that there seemed to be an extra budget available to the Guide in order to make adjustments.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The afternoon we arrived in Murren in the Swiss Alps. The view of the mountains as the clouds broke up was a "wow""

Kathie

Anaheim, CA

Tour: 09/10/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and we were extremely pleased with it. We have traveled in Europe independently, but now prefer this means of travel. There was a perfect combination of time with the tour group and time to explore on our own. There was great chemistry between the tour group members, tour guide and bus driver. We enjoyed every aspect of it and can't imagine it gets much better that this!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, but our top "wow" moments were sailing into the lakeside village of Hallstatt, walking along the riverside promenade in Baden-Baden, and the views from the Schilthorn and hiking in the Swiss Alps. Our tour guide provided many surprises that became some of our "wow" moments, such as stops at the Schonbrunn Place and the country of Liechtenstein."

Joyce

San Jose, CA

Tour: 09/10/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It is amazing that everyone on the tour, plus guide and bus driver had such a friendly experience. Everyone was thoughtful and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren will always be a "wow" moment for me. It was my second visit, but there is nothing to compare with the beauty of the area."

Karen

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/10/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the travel experience immensely. Both the guide and driver worked to make the trip run smoothly. They were both outgoing, knowledgeable and seem to enjoy their job and being a part of the group. The accommodations were comfortable, food was plentiful and traveling companions were a positive, active, friendly group. I do think that all of the prep materials sent ahead of time by the company clearly prepared us for the experience.....ie be open minded and adaptable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Would have to be the mountains in Switzerland. Walking the trails and visiting schilthorn area Was awesome.....nothing like nature to inspire a person!"

Christopher

South Charleston, WV

Tour: 09/10/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very nice tour except for the rain we encountered on several occasions. We had some good weather too. A great tour group, guide and driver!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Alps from the top of the Schilthorn. Another "wow" was the luge ride."

Thomas

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 09/10/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Fine guide, really good group of people, well-organized, good hotels, fine bus driver, poor weather. Pleasant trip, but not what I'd call outstanding. Our tour began in Trier, Germany, which I didn't feel was a city of any special note. I would urge you to start elsewhere and, if that saved a day, spend the additional time in Vienna, where there was lots we didn't get to do. Murren, Switzerland, Hallstat, Austria (a UNESCO World Heritage site), and Munich were all excellent stops.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Maybe not "wow," but certainly moving, was our visit to the Mauthausen Concentration Camp in Austria. Daniela, our guide, and a German by birth, offered the unique perspective of a young German who was raised in that country decades after the war. She offered some very thought provoking comments from her unique perspective as we visited this site of Nazi evil. This stop on our tour was difficult but well worth the time."

Terrie

Long Beach, CA

Tour: 09/10/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded my expectations. I have been on other group tours where there are usually a few demanding, inconsiderate people in the group, which impacts your trip. Our group was amazing. I felt that a person choosing a Rick Steves tour would be eager, active, friendly, curious and self sufficient. This describes our group exactly. No one was ever late, rude or disinterested. The itinerary was well rounded. The scenery was breathtaking. We were expertly led by our guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many...Seeing the gorgeous Swiss alps, Riding down the extremely fun luge ride in a beautiful Austrian landscape, a enjoyable Mozart concert in Salzburg, and the wonderful castles are a few."

Barbara

Doylestown, PA

Tour: 09/10/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first European tour and our second tour with Rick Steves (Ireland 2012). Both were phenomenal, but the European tour was FABULOUS!!! It would have been impossible for us to coordinate a tour of so many countries and sights on our own. As we talk about our trip and review tons of pictures, we ask ourselves...did we really do all this or was it a dream. Already talking about our next tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments it's difficult to choose a favorite. The stay in Murren is my favorite place of the tour.......we had a beautiful view of the Alps from our hotel window, and will never forget our visit to Schilhorn and especially the beauty of our hike down from Birg. Playing with the cows in a meadow and listening to their alpine bell serenade was a joy! I was sad to leave that beautiful place!"

Linda

Eldersburg, MD

Tour: 09/07/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

My overall tour experience this time was okay. Was it the weather (rain nearly every day except the day prior to the tour or the day the tour ended), were 3 countries too much to cram into 14 days, or was the GAS trip so different from the small villages of Italy, that I came home feeling very differently this time. Also, when I compare tour guides, I left this trip underwhelmed. The tour group was wonderful, most of the accommodations good or above, and most of the restaurants good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The spectacular view of the Alps in Switzerland."

David

Downers Grove, IL

Tour: 09/07/13

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

3rd RS Tour - Disappointing. Too much time in bus, not enough time in Cities. Not impressed with Baden-Baden. 3 days in Mürren was too much. Should have spent more time in Salzburg, Munich and Vienna. Tour should be extended 4-5 days

Joyce

Eldersburg, MD

Tour: 09/07/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was our third RS's tour and perhaps our least favorite - in large part due to the chilly rain that plagued us 12 of the 14 days of our tour (although it didn't deter us from sight seeing). Preferred the smaller villages on this and prior tours to the big cities (Munich was somewhat overwhelming after the peaceful Alps!!). We still came home with 2500 photos and wonderful memories!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our hike on the Jungfrau side - from Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg - the clouds parted long enough to give us a spectacular view of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains! Walking through the alpine meadows (in pouring rain), rubbing shoulders with the brown and white cows, hearing the clinking of their bells, stopping at a small cheese shop along the way. Waking to blue skies the morning we were scheduled to leave Switzerland - and the spectacular view from the top of the Schilthorn."

Kenneth

Orland Park, IL

Tour: 09/07/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Really a great tour and fantastic time with Tour Guide fabian and our "tour-mates". Would say outstanding, if weather was better. Ha, ha. Know the weather is not in your control, or that of your expert guides. Just the only "damper" (excuse the pun) on the entire trip. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed everything, just next time.......no rain please.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Even with the dampness of our weather, the Alps and being in Murren was probably the best. The views from the top of Schilthorn were magnificent, thanks to our guide fabian telling us the view would be great (on our last morning), since the skies had cleared. Thank you for the breath taking views above the clouds."

Norman

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/07/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, our tour was great. The only downside was less than perfect weather - which none of us could predict or direct. Travel was great, accommodations were adequate and conveniently located in all places. Group dinners were good, as were the daily breakfast spreads.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being able to finally make the journey up to Schilthorn after 3 days of inclement weather."

Jayne

Murwillumbah,

Tour: 09/07/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The induction was very good,fellow travellers mix well,culture and hisorical information was very interesting and very please with the places we visted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland we have nothing like it in Australia,living, farming and other activity all on the side of a mountain was fascinating."

Christine

Bligh Park,

Tour: 09/07/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely wonderful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland, so beautiful"

Laurie

Renton, WA

Tour: 09/07/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved it! Great group of people, fantastic guide, great bus driver, nice bus. Nice blend of group activities and free time. Great destinations and activities. It was just about perfect (except for the weather). I missed our group when the trip was over!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going up to the Schilthorn in the early morning sunshine and seeing the 360-degree view. Our weather in Murren had been mostly cloudy with some rain, so we were resigned that we wouldn't get to the Schilthorn because it had been fogged in. On the morning we were leaving, the weather cleared, so our guide delayed our departure so we could enjoy this experience. We appreciated having the flexibility to take advantage of the opportunity. Also loved hiking around Mannlichen/Kleine Scheidegg."

Dennis

Cleveland, OH

Tour: 09/07/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We--Mary Margaret and Dennis--have relied upon Rick Steves' books for occasional trips to Europe since 1995, and we greatly enjoyed our first Rick Steves tour in 2007 (of Italy). This one was equally wonderful despite the often gloomy and cold weather. The success of this trip was due in no small measure to our great tour guide, Fabian, and enjoyable, experienced travel companions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We have two: visiting the Lauterbrunnen Valley and its surrounding mountains; experiencing the history, art, architecture, and lifestyle of Vienna."

Margaret

Aurora, IL

Tour: 09/03/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was everything I expected and more! Our guides were knowledgeable and open - so easy to travel with. We arrived 1 day early in Trier so we got to find our way around a bit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments. The hikes and views in Murren were fantastic. The view from our hotel in Hallstadt had me singing "The Sound of Music.""

Vicki

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 09/03/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely wonderful! It was hard to say goodbye to such fun people. We laughed a lot!!! My husband and I have never traveled on a tour before, so were not sure what to expect. Our group got along very well and everyone was always on time. I felt everyone talked and mingled well. We enjoyed eating meals or hanging out with different people. Traveling on the bus was way more enjoyable then I expected. I appreciated all the local information we got and interesting stops along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gosh, there were a lot of "wow" moments. But, I must say hiking in Switzerland. It was fun getting everywhere with gondolas, funiculars and cogwheel trains and of course walking. Loved the beautiful views, waterfalls and watching base jumpers. Two local young jumpers actually walked with some of us for a while explaining how and where they all jumped. And...I can now relate to cows with bells on hillsides in Switzerland. Castles were really cool also!"

David

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 09/03/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' tour, and I can definitely say it will not be my last. The guides were wonderful and very knowledgeable. I thought the bus rides between the cities might be good times to catch up on some sleep, but the scenery, and in particular the stories told by our guides were very interesting and informative. I also really enjoyed the walks around the cities with our guides, and the local guides -- understanding the story really enriches the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Entering the Lauterbrunnen valley in Switzerland for the first time! The whole experience, the valley with sheer cliffs, the Jungfrau at the end of the valley, the gondola ride up to Mürren really blew me away."

Susan

Mount Pleasant, MI

Tour: 09/03/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful two weeks. Our guides were very personable and knowledgeable. We visited a wide variety of sites and I enjoyed the mix between large cities and smaller towns and villages. We usually had our city tours in the mornings and had the afternoons free to explore on our own, so by the time we were set free we had a working knowledge of the city and ideas of what we wanted to do. I also have to tip my hat to my fellow travelers who were a terrific group to be with for two weeks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Don't really have one. We saw and did so many interesting things that it would be impossible for me to pick one. I enjoyed seeing the castles and palaces to see how the other half lived but I also enjoyed the Black Forest Folk Museum to see how many of the people in that area lived. I loved the city tours, checking out the architecture and the museums, but I also loved the hikes in Switzerland."

Thomas

West Chester, OH

Tour: 09/03/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third trip with Rick Steves. We keep coming back because the tour guides and attention to detail are superb. This last one was also excellent in every way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Meeting the tour guide and fellow travelers on the first night. 2. Hiking through the Alps, watching the scenery change around every bend in the trail."

Margit

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 09/03/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was excellent. Everything was better than I expected from the tour guides to the hotel to the food and transportation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking from Murren and taking the trains and gondolas to Kleine Schiedeg in Switzerland. This was a "free day" but our guide offered for us to join him on his hike. It was great!"

Marilyn

New York, NY

Tour: 09/03/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful trip............... and I speak from experience since this is my 14th Rick Steves tour. I felt I experienced a true taste of Germany, Austria and Switzerland in the locations I visited. I would recommend this trip to anyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment? Let me count the ways. The day that truly stands out is the day of our hike through the Alps. I kept telling myself: Am I really seeing this? The scenery was breathtaking, from the edelweiss in patches here and there, to the cows walking steadily on the mountains, to the clouds over the far mountains. How I wish I could experience it again!!"

Greg

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 09/03/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time. The group was fantastic - everyone really got along well and all made an effort to dine and mingle with all the other members. Germany was my favorite part of the trip with the lush countryside and just the way everything is orderly and on time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to say overall I liked Germany the most. However that being said, a "wow" moment for me probably was the hike we took along the base of the swiss alps near Murren, with the sun shining and the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau peaks trying to peak out from the lingering high clouds. Along the walk we kept hearing a chorus of cow bells from all the roaming dairy cows. It was lush and green and just magical."

Patricia Mary

St Paul, MN

Tour: 09/03/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had great guides in Pat and Martin. They were very knowledgeable and personable. Our tour group was so much fun as was our driver, Andre.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved it all."

Daniel

San Clemente, CA

Tour: 09/03/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

THE TOUR WAS VERY ORGANIZED AND THE GROUP WAS VERY TIMELY WITH OUR TRAVEL SCHEDULE.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"TAKING THE GONDOLA RIDE UP TO OUR HOTEL IN MIRREN."

Bryan

Aurora, IL

Tour: 09/03/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about the tour was first rate. As veteran Rick Steves travelers, everything was as expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite moment was the day long hike in the Swiss Alps. The scenery was on such a grand scale one does not know where to look. Just beautiful!"

Star

Arcata, CA

Tour: 09/03/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wow, our trip was just fantastic! I have never done a group tour before and I was a bit unsure of how it would work out. Well, every part of the trip was great. Our tour guides Pat and Martin were kind, fun and so knowledgable. The places we visited were beyond beautiful and the folks on the tour were really great. We just had a really great time. The Swiss Alps, OMG , Salzburg, Hallstatt, the castles, the food..............I'm already planning our next Rick Steves trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps are breath taking. The fashion in Munich and Salzburg to die for."

Eileen

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 09/03/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another terrific Rick Steve's tour! I really like the format of some time with the group and some time on your own. I particularly loved our time in the Black Forest and Bavaria.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was hiking in the Swiss Alps. I am from Colorado so am used to mountain scenery but this was something else. We did one beautiful sunny day as a group and the next day my husband and I hiked to a waterfall above Murren in the mist and fog and both experiences were fabulous. I have never walked to the sound of cowbells before!"

Neal

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 08/31/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour. We did a lot of reading and clothes shopping before the trip and found all Rick Steves' tips were right on. The Rick Steves German Phrase Book and Dictionary was very valuable and we used it a lot in communicating which was very helpful and appreciated by those we came in contact with. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and personable and made the tour a great one!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh, there were so many! Let's start with the hotels and rooms. We loved our accommodations and looked forward to where the next one would be located. I must say we slept well each night. We loved the local tour guides, walking tours and history lessons but for overall physical wow moments, Murren Switzerland, Hallstatt Austria and Neuschwanstein would be hard to beat. The beauty of the cathedrals never got old!"

Dianne

Birmingham, AL

Tour: 08/31/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hallstatt was so wonderful. would loved to have had more time. Didn't get time to do the salt mines which we had planned to do as we wanted to see the town."

Margie

Sunriver, OR

Tour: 08/31/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip with RS Tours and we had a great time! The group activities allowed us to learn about the different locations we were at but we also had enough free time to explore those areas that were of a specific interest to us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Alps without a cloud in the sky, unbelievable!"

Anita

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 08/31/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' tour so wasn't certain what to expect. It was wonderful and I loved it. All the guides were so knowledgeable and informative and our tour guide added so much to our knowledge of the general area with his insights and experiences. Although getting up and on the road early was a bit difficult near the end, completely understand to see and do everything we covered, it was essential.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was actually seeing the Alps in all their beauty with my own eyes. It was just as I had imagined it, but better. From the rides up gondolas to the clinking of cow bells out our hotel window...the three days we spent there were all definitely WOW's for me."

Kathleen

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 08/31/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very pleased with the overall tour experience. Our tour guide was exceptional. He liked to surprise us with extra nice coffee stops and we also had a surprise boat cruise at Halstatt. He was great at suggesting options particularly at Murren. The bus was clean and our driver was friendly and competent. I liked the hotels and the fact that they were close to the action. I liked the walks around each new area we visited. The local guides were so helpful and full of suggestions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren was my wow spot. I kept looking at the Murren weather prior to the trip and it looked cold and wet. The weather was just beautiful and it made Murren be almost magical! Every time I went outside I felt like yodeling."

Paul

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 08/31/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A tour is like a chain. Only as strong as its weakest link(s). On our arrival at our last stop (Vienna) we had to walk over 1/2 mile from where the bus dropped us off (transporting our luggage) to the hotel. A discussion with the guide indicated that it was the first time R/S had used the hotel. The bus driver did not even drive by the hotel to see if parking was available (it was). This was terrible planning by R/S. The menu for the last night "farewell" diner was duck. AWFUL.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Top of the mountain in Switzerland."

Judith

Spring, TX

Tour: 08/31/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have traveled to Europe several times, but not on a tour and not alone. I was the only "single" traveler and came with excitement and confidence and I was not disappointed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving in Murren and then the gondola to the Schilthorn(except peeking out an airplane window, my first any mountain experience.)"

Cathy

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 08/31/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip guide, great bus driver and great choice of local guides on our daily tours. Great choice of hotels and sights to see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"too difficult to choose just one, but I loved being in Murren, Switzerland just for the natural beauty of it all. We were so lucky to have such great weather!"

Ron

Sunriver, OR

Tour: 08/31/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Hans was the RIGHT person for the tour guide position...GREAT individual with outstanding knowledge! The local guides were excellent and added great value and insights to each city/venue visited. There was a LOT of unique and well thought out experiences through the entire tour. Glad my wife and I were in pretty good physical shape to enjoy all the opportunities presented during the tour. Excellent value and experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss Alps...we could have spent 14days just there!"

Leslie

Chilliwack, BC

Tour: 08/31/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A fast paced tour with, once again, a lovely variety of types of places e.g old German towns to a mountain top hideaway in Murren, to a lovely lakeside hotel in Austria, to big cities of Vienna and Munich. Coupled with an excellent tour guide and good local guides made this a memorable experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A "wow" moment for me was to experience walking on a snow field after riding up to the top of the Jungfrau railway in Switzerland, feeling as though I was on top of the world."

Margaret

Chilliwack, BC

Tour: 08/31/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Being our third Rick Steves Tour we had an idea of what it would be like in regards to pace and activities, so we were a little surprised to find ourselves thinking, " Oh, yes. Breakfast is early and we are checking out really early." A good thing when you realize how much you do cover in a day. Best thing about the tour is that the traveling, and organizing of hotels and half the dinners are done for you. We travel quite a bit independently taking months to organize hotels and transportation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking two days to explore the alps independently as we had been on the three week tour five years ago. Weather was great so we hiked the Schnige Platte walk recommended by RS and the second day opened our wallets to go up the JUNGFRAU.....Expensive. Yes. Worth the money. Yes. Had an incredible day including a walk to Monck Hut fifty minutes one way in the snow, in sunshine with snow covered mountains surrounding us. Mauthausen was memorable for me (Dachau last time). Guide was incredible."

Lillian

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 08/27/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A very good trip that covered much territory but felt very well paced. As with our prior RS trip, the guide was excellent, and the amount of time spent in each city or town was good. My favorite part is the ability to immerse oneself into the history and culture of three countries with the help of native guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments on this trip. Hallstatt was breathtakingly beautiful. Munich had an energy that was almost visible, especially in the beer gardens. The casino in Baden Baden was unique, so quiet compared to our casinos in Las Vegas. Vienna was my favorite city as it was cosmopolitan yet had a more laid back attitude than other major European cities."

Gwynn

Bruington, VA

Tour: 08/27/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves tour (the first was to Croatia, Bosnia) Our group was small, only 20, but composed of intelligent, kind, and congenial folks. We all loved our tour guide, Andrea. She was very knowledgeable about our 3 countries, very thoughtful, and very enthusiastic. Her background well suited her for this job. We loved the choices of places to visit and to stay. The small towns such as Murren and the lake area such as Hallstadtt were exceptional in charm and beauty.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of Switzerland was overwhelming! The small town of Murren was a perfect location to see the mountain views from the Schilthorn as well as hiking to the Lauterbrumen valley. The second "wow" moment was our stay in Hallstadt. Incredible beauty! Our tour was enhanced by 14 days of perfect weather! Five drops of rain !!!!"

Richard

Bethlehem, PA

Tour: 08/27/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As advertised . No tipping tour guides provided in cities. No tipping tour leader . No tipping bus driver. No side trips off the itinerary . Could have stayed longer in some places. Hotel elevators were small. Rooms got smaller as trip progressed . Reasonable morning start times. Great bus driver . Nice group of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland . Truly beautiful . Parasailing a hoot. Views were once in a lifetime"

David

Bruington, VA

Tour: 08/27/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everyday the weather was warm, sunny to partly cloudy, with only a 10 minute sprinkle. No one gets credit for that, but it significantly enhanced the experience. The group was small(20); easier to remember names; easier restaurant seating. Our guide, Andrea was as close to perfect as is possible(more later). Our driver was not only most attractive, but pleasant, and the most cautious and careful driver I have ever encountered on a tour. The places we visited were all outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many: Hallstatt on the lake; the view from Mount Schilthorn(sp?)"

Maria

Las Cruces, NM

Tour: 08/27/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

We had a wonderful time, filled with novelty and unexpected nuggets of information. One rethinks all preconceived notions when one is in another country. It was a lovely experience, one that we replay mentally everyday

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking and hiking in the Alps. Waking up to the Jungfrau for 3 mornings, that was the very best."

LoAnne

Bakersfield, CA

Tour: 08/27/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In retrospect our trip seems almost surreal. 14 days of blue skies, 80 degree weather was perfect and certainly not expected. We absolutely loved every destination point and our guide, Andrea Wolf, always gave colorful narratives of each place we visited. The accommodations left nothing to be desired, every hotel interesting, picturesque, and pleasantly staffed. This trip more than met our expectations and I am currently looking through the 2014 Rick Steves Catalog to plan next year's trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many moments..... I would have to say paragliding over the Lauterbrunnen Valley has to be a highlight of my life. such beauty there!"

Dianna

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 08/27/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Most excellent. A learning/vacationing experience. Good pace in that the stays in towns, it was well thought out, and the time with a group and being on your own was balanced. I was taught so much but was also able to go out and experience new surroundings with that knowledge.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many "wow's"."

Beth

Saskatoon, SK

Tour: 08/24/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Spectacular, incredible, and wonderful are words insufficient to describe my tour experience. A great blend of city and rural adventures, with interesting and caring companions. I learned and laughed daily. Unforgettable. Amazing 14 days!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riding the gondola to Schilthorn and seeing the big three - Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains - brought together all the beauty of nature with the wonder of man's ability to overcome obstacles to reach lofty goals. It was humbling to stand and soak in the panorama around us."

Carol

Arvada, CO

Tour: 08/24/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have now taken 6 tours with Rick Steves and this is definitely one of our favorites. These are some of the most beautiful countries that anyone could possibly visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren, Switzerland was my favorite. Waking up and seeing the view from our hotel window was just incredible. I couldn't say "wow" enough!"

Ethel

Radcliff, KY

Tour: 08/24/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although the physical challenges (the hills, steps, etc.) of the tour were, at times, difficult, our tour guide, Rolinka, made the experience fun and interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was no specific "wow" moment for me. Just seeing the changes that each city has gone through since my last visit to the area was surprising."

David

Radcliff, KY

Tour: 08/24/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

the tour was very nice I had really good time . there was plenty of free time but not so much that you had to try to find tings to do

Favorite "WOW" moment

"getting to the end of the tour and wanting it to last a week longer"

Jeffrey

Houston, TX

Tour: 08/17/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren"

Ulf

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 08/17/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was thoroughly enjoyable, exactly as the many testimonials said. Our expectations were high, and we were not disappointed, we'll go again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One never knows what the accommodations will be like, but when we entered the suit in Trier I went "wow" and knew that all would be well on this trip."

Kathryn

Simi Valley, CA

Tour: 08/17/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I had a great time on this tour. It was just the right amount of activity and free time. We saw a variety of things from churches to museums, hiking in the Alps and through multiple locations from the "Sound of Music" and a concentration camp. The hotels were all centrally located and easy to access restaurants and local attractions. We were fortunate to have a small group which made the group dinners cozy and helps to make the service better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour had several WOW moments but the most memorable for me was the luge ride. We weren't sure if we were going to get the ride because of the weather, but at the last minute things cleared up and we were racing down the hill. I am not good with heights and not much of a daredevil, but that was a blast. I wish I had gone a second time. The Alps is always a WOW for me, which is the reason we took this tour. We didn't get to see enough the first time so we came back for more."

Jack

Simi Valley, CA

Tour: 08/17/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm not sure if Rick had anything to do with it but WOW 3 sunny days in Switzerland. WOW what a great bunch of fellow travelers on this tour. I don't know how many times 90 percent of the group went to dinner together on our free nights. We also got together almost every night to have a nightcap. A fun bunch."

Kevin

Des Plaines, IL

Tour: 08/17/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lead by our great guide, our small group really connected and shared some awesome experiences. Great, centrally-located hotels and great meals. I loved Baden-Baden, Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, Hallstatt, and especially the Swiss Alps. Trier was interesting for a historical perspective of Germany's Roman and Medieval roots, but I would have traded those 2 days for an extra day in Munich and Vienna.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps!!!! We were blessed with three days of gorgeous weather in Switzerland. Hiking up to the Schilthorn and back down to Murren was a thrill. I was amazed with the Jungfrau railway to the Jungfraujoch."

Daphne

Concord, CA

Tour: 07/06/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the tour was very well organized. The Guide was fantastic! I liked the format of learning something in the morning (city tours) and having the afternoons to explore. I would definitely recommend the tour books before the tour as it would help a lot with picking free time activities. The instructions on where to be and when were very clear. The bus was clean and comfortable and the driver was fun to get to know at group dinners.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Halstadt! It was beautiful and relaxing. Could have easily stayed there another day. Also loved the hotel in Murren and the trip to the building at the top of the mountain. The James Bond exhibit was a very lucky for me added bonus."

Barbara

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 06/22/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A 1st trip to Europe for my husband and myself.....no better experience could we have hoped for We kept coming back to each other saying, "This was absolutely the best way to do Europe for the 1st time. No waiting around for tickets, no logistics nightmares, no unknown hotel surprises, no wasted time, no transportation issues, and an expert, well-trained professional guide." If we spoke these words once, we spoke them a half dozen times.....

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite "wow" - was in the Swiss Alps, on a walk in the alpine meadows, by ourselves (and the cows), on a hike recommended by our guide. WOW!!"

Weather

Germany / Munich

Munich Weather


Switzerland / Bern

Bern Weather


Austria / Vienna

Vienna Weather

Pre-Tour

We've put together some specific information on what you should know about this tour before you go. You'll also find more general information about "Getting Ready for Your Tour" on our Tour FAQ.

Trip Resources

Learn more about GermanyAustria, and Switzerland: Check out a collection of Rick's TV shows, radio interviews and articles, plus find a list of recommended books and movies.

Transportation

Prior to your tour departure, you will receive detailed directions on how to get from the airport to your first tour hotel, as well as contact information for your first and last hotels in case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations.

Many tour members arrive a day or two before the tour begins — and those who don't, wish they had. This allows you ample time to get over jet lag and make the most of the first few days of the tour.

There is more than one way to get to and from your tour. Most tour members will arrange to fly into either Frankfurt or Luxembourg and out of Vienna (“multi-city” on flight booking websites). Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay.

Frankfurt International Airport (Frankfurt am Main) is the main airport in Germany — 110 miles from Trier. If you fly into Frankfurt am Main, you will need to take a train from the airport to Trier Hauptbahnhof, a 3-4 hour journey. Frankfurt Hahn airport is a smaller airport located just 40 miles from Trier, but it is only serviced by low-cost airlines, including Ryanair and Wizz Air. It takes an hour to go by bus from this airport to Trier. See www.flibco.com/hahn/morbach.htm for more information.

For information about flying within Europe, ask your travel agent or check Rick's list of European budget airlines

Read Rick's train travel and rail pass tips to decide if your travel plans merit a rail pass.

If you have additional European travel or tour questions, contact the Tour Department at 425-608-4217 or email tour@ricksteves.com.

Sightseeing On Your Own

If you arrive in Trier before your tour begins, use your Rick Steves Germany guidebook to get oriented, try out a few words of German, and get over your jet lag with lots of fresh air and exercise (consider renting a bike and pedaling along the river; details in your guidebook or from any tourist office).

Here are some suggestions for sightseeing in Trier that we will not be doing as a group (see your guidebook for details): Archaeological Museum; Mosel boat cruise; Bishop's Museum, Amphitheater. Remember, we will tour nearby Burg Eltz Castle as a group.

Packing

While it is important to pack light, there are a few items we'd like you to consider including when packing for this tour. There are great opportunities to hike during our stays in Mürren and the Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland (weather permitting). While hiking boots are not necessary, we recommend you bring a pair of comfortable walking shoes with soles offering good traction. In addition, the tour also visits Baden-Baden, an area known for its hot springs, and swimsuits are optional at some of the baths so you may wish to pack a swimsuit and perhaps a lightweight microfiber towel.

For more advice on what (and what not!) to pack, see Rick’s packing tips.